China Lake Museum auction is tomorrow

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

China Lake Museum auction is tomorrowThe China Lake Museum Foundation hopes to get a boost for Phase II construction funding during its annual fund-raising dinner-auction, held tomorrow, May 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kerr McGee Center.

“Usually we use the proceeds from the auction for operational costs, but this year we are holding our own,” said CLMF President Laura Hickle. The Navy museum held the grand opening of its newly relocated site, just east of Maturango Museum on Las Flores Avenue, last year.

Hickle and other CLMF officials had expressed hope that the more accessible location would increase visibility and attendance — and so far that seems to be the case.

“Our admission fees and gift shop sales have both seen positive growth,” she said.

The theme of this year’s auction is “Building for the Future.” So far the museum has raised $400,000 of the $1.2-million cost of Phase II. The auction is expected to raise another $100,000 toward the cause.

CLMF officials note that the auction is not just a social gathering for a good cause, it’s also a walk down Memory Lane for those who have a connection to China Lake.

Items of historical significance will be included in the live and silent auctions. Other popular items include original artwork, jewelry, Toby Keith concert tickets, a hotel stay, a tour of the Ronald Reagan Museum, a Mojave Air and Space Port tour and more.

China Lake docents will also give some of the winning bidders tours of the original Officers’ Club at China Lake.

Supporters can sponsor the event at different levels to access the benefits ranging from free tickets to event advertising and more.

Individuals can purchase tickets for $40 per person, or $75 per couple, by calling the museum at 760-977-2866. Information is also available at

Pictured: China Lake Legends Docents (from left)?Dave Janiec, Bob Campbell and Paul Homer will give historic tours to one or more lucky bidders at the upcoming China Lake Museum?Foundation auction — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2019-05-10