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Great Valley Museum Sets A Night on the Savanna

The Great Valley Museum at Modesto Junior College invites the community to its third annual Gala on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the MJC West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto.

This year’s gala theme is “Night on the Savanna.” The museum will have on display some of its original Osterberg collection pieces from various savannas around the world.

The elegant evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a hosted wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres reception in the Great Valley Museum located in the Science Community Center. At 7 p.m. guests sit for a dinner prepared by Chef Hank Winkle of O’Brien’s Market.

Attendees have an opportunity to bid on numerous items donated by supportive community members at the silent auction offered prior to the dinner.

Individual Gala tickets are $125 and sponsorship opportunities are also available. To purchase tickets, donate a silent auction item, or obtain sponsorship information, contact the museum at (209) 575-6196 or visit the museum webpage at

Proceeds aid the Great Valley Museum Foundation in the continuing development of the GVM as one of California’s premier natural history museums and benefit the museum’s programs and activities.


Each year, thousands of young minds receive the benefit of hands-on science activities at the GVM. The museum’s Traveling Teacher programs include live reptiles and insects, current environmental issues and local Native American artifacts, to name a few. The museum also offers group tours, Science on a Sphere shows and planetarium presentations. These programs enhance the educational experience for school children in the Central Valley and assist in addressing the Science Content Standards for California.