What do San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos, Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc., Redlands Noon Kiwanis Club and Leonard Hernandez all have in common? They’re all “Good EGGS,” say San Bernardino County Museum officials.
Each were recognized during the San Bernardino County Museum Association’s second annual Bucky Ball, May 20, receiving the museum’s first-ever Good EGG Award for demonstrating exemplary guidance and generosity in support of helping the museum thrive in science and culture.
The award acknowledges the museum’s internationally renowned collection of bird eggs, an important legacy that traces back to the museum’s founding 60 years ago, and the renewal of the museum’s place in the community.
“It shows the vision and the colabrity between all those that consider the county museum a home,” Ramos said, in a recorded acceptance speech. “A home that brings the culture, the diversity of our community alive… (to me) the Good EGG award symbolizes the hatching of new ideas, the hatching of new memories, the hatching of new friendships.”
Ramos received the award for his longstanding history with the museum. He would visit the museum as a youth and now continues to support educational programming.
The Kiwanis Club was awarded as one of the museum’s newest partners. In the last two years, the Club has helped with several museum association events, fed hundreds with their pancake breakfasts and bbq’s. Burrtec Waste Industries received the corporate Good EGG award for their continued donations and generous financial support. Hernandez was recognized as an ‘especially Good EGG’ for his nearly two-year tenure as interim museum director, paving the way for the reimagining of the museum.
“He left the museum in a great place to flourish,” said Maggie Latimer, executive director for the Museum Association. “He’s definitely an unsung hero.”
The annual Bucky Ball supports the museum’s mission of cultural history and science, technology, engineering, and math education exhibits and programs benefiting the region’s families and youth. This year’s fundraiser resulted in charitable gifts totaling more than $70,000, according to museum officials.
Following the evening’s program, guests were invited into the Fisk Gallery for nightcaps and kinescope reminiscences of Frank Sinatra surrounded by “Visions of Southern California: The Midcentury Modern Designs of Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp,” a current museum exhibit, and the inspiration behind this year’s Bucky Ball theme.
To learn more about the exhibit, museum events or the Museum Association, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum or visit the San Bernardino County Museum Tuesdays through Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands.