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INAUGURAL WALTER P. CHRYSLER LEGACY GALA TO HONOR
LEE IACOCCA, JAY LENO, RICHARD PETTY AND VIRGIL EXNER
SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010
Museum Foundation to Launch Multi-Million Dollar Fundraising Campaign
at the Legacy Gala
The event will celebrate 85 years of Chrysler heritage and honor four automotive and entertainment icons – who will all be in attendance – with the Walter P. Chrysler Legacy Award: Former Chrysler Chairman and CEO Lee Iacocca; Comedian and Car Collector Jay Leno; NASCAR Champion Richard Petty; and former Chrysler Design Chief Virgil Exner, who will be represented by his son Virgil Exner, Jr. Additionally, the Legacy Gala will mark the beginning of a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign for the Museum.
Iacocca, Leno, Petty and Exner will be the first inductees into the
“This grand celebration will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of special guests to celebrate
Chrysler’s heritage as well as our four inaugural inductees,” said Fountain. “The strong support we have already received for the Legacy Gala has been tremendous and inspiring; we are looking forward to a very memorable evening.”
Legacy Gala Highlights
Highlights of the Walter P. Chrysler Legacy Gala include the
Additionally, silent and live auctions will feature extraordinary items such as a private tour of Jay
Leno’s Big Dog Garage plus tickets to The Tonight Show; behind-the-scenes tours for four persons of the
Legacy Gala Tickets
A limited number of gala tickets are now available for public purchase online at
http://www.wpchryslermuseum.org/. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 800-987-9807. Gala tickets are $500 per person and include all of the above highlighted benefits. A portion of each ticket price is tax-deductible.
Contribution Opportunities Packages
Legacy Gala Contribution Opportunities packages are also available and offer additional benefits including an exclusive pre-gala contributor reception attended by the inductees, posed inductee photos at several giving levels, and more.
Complete Contribution Opportunity details are available at www.wpchryslermuseum.org. A
significant portion of each Legacy Gala contribution is tax-deductible.
Walter P. Chrysler Legacy Campaign
The Legacy Gala marks the beginning of the Walter P. Chrysler Legacy Campaign, a new multimillion dollar, multi-year initiative soliciting support from corporations, foundations and individuals. It is a greater effort to ensure the newly-independent Museum’s financial future. Contributions will support exhibitions, education programs, vehicle preservation, and automotive enthusiast and community programs.
“The Legacy Campaign will enable the Museum to realize its potential to Preserve, Educate and
Inspire,” said Fountain. “These are challenging times, yet we are optimistic that we will meet our fundraising goal. The future
For additional information about the Legacy Campaign please call 248-944-0432 or send an e-mail to: manager@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
About the Museum
The newly independent, nonprofit
The Museum offers self-guided tours as well as educational programs, facility rentals for private
events and corporate meetings, public events for automotive enthusiasts, guided tours for groups, a multilevel membership program, a gift shop, and more.
The Museum is open for self-guided tours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for children ages 6 - 12. Children five and under are admitted free.
For additional information about the Museum, please visit http://www.wpchryslermuseum.org/.
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