LOS ANGELES, CA (May 24, 2005) – The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, held its annual Cars & Stars Gala on May 12, 2005 and raised $700,000 for the Museum’s youth and education programs. More than 700 guests including Hollywood stars and automotive legends attended the elegant sit down dinner in the Petersen’s brand new 18,000 sq. ft. event tent. Las Vegas’ Rio Casino’s headlining ventriloquist/comedian Ronn Lucas and soulful singer Jake Simpson provided live entertainment at the event. The Gala was chaired by noted car collectors Bruce and Raylene Meyer and the “Voice of the NHRA” Dave McClelland served as Master of Ceremonies.

The Petersen Museum presented its first ever Cars & Stars Gala awards to two legends of the automotive industry. Barry Meguiar of Meguiar’s Inc. received the “Automotive Icon” award for his lifetime service to the collector car hobby. The “Visionary” award was presented to Beau Boeckmann of Galpin Motors for his innovative Southern California dealership programs. Both awards were designed by the famed Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

“We are extremely pleased with the success of the 2005 Cars & Stars Gala,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Director Dick Messer. “The monies raised will help to fund our commitment to outstanding youth and education programs.”

Captions of the attached photos follow (high-resolution and alternate shots available on request):

  • Gala Co-Chair Bruce Meyer with Gala honorees Barry Meguiar and Beau Boeckmann.
  • Star of “Dallas” Larry Hagman and Hollywood’s “King of Kustomizing” George Barris, who displayed 60 famous movie cars during the Gala.

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