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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dinner & Auction Gala

Produced by the Friends
of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad

We joined the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad for an evening of fun and entertainment resplendent in a Roaring 20s theme. The festivities included dinner along with both live and silent auctions and afterwards dancing the night away. Trilogy at the Monarch Dunes in Nipomo served as the speakeasy for this elegant soiree.

Part of the funds raised at the gala will go to the SLORRM's restoration of the La Condesa, which will soon be renamed to fit its new Central Coast home. This lovely 1926 Pullman Observation car will be restored to its former grandeur, preserving the golden age of railroad passenger travel. The car will also be used for fundraising purposes for elegant special events and dinners.

Santa Maria Valley Railroad presented their first annual public safety award to a citizen who has exemplified public safety for railroads.

Funds will also go to the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad to fund education and equipment for the Santa Maria City Fire Department for first responders. Educating and equipping local fire departments allows them to be ready to respond to railroad disasters, and the training and equipment will be used in response to other events.

Thanks to Gary See for the photos.

More photos are on the Friends page.