Press Release

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 10:57am
PLANS UNDER WAY FOR 2011 OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA WHITE ELEPHANT SALE

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Scott Horton
Communications@museumca.org ( mailto:Communications@museumca.org )
510-735-9200  

Oakland, CA, May 26, 2010 - The 51st annual White Elephant Sale
fundraiser for the Oakland Museum of California held in March was an
unprecedented, $1.4 million success but plans are well under way for
the 2011 sale, according to organizers. The Oakland Museum of
California Women-s Board is busy picking up donations for its next
sale, which will be held March 5 and 6 , 2011 in Oakland. The White
Elephant Sale van has free time and would be delighted to pick up
donations. Please call the van at 510-839-5919 to arrange a pickup
time. Donations of gently used toys, sporting goods, furniture,
jewelry, linens, shoes, housewares, art and art items, clothing and
accessories, books and tapes, musical instruments, electrical equipment
and other items are welcome. Visit www.whiteelephantsale.org  for
more information about what is needed and acceptable.

The White Elephant Sale, which benefits the Oakland Museum of
California, is in its 52nd year and has contributed over $16,000,000 to
support the museum. On May 1 and 2 the newly transformed Oakland Museum
of California reopened to rave reviews. The Woman-s Board is very proud
of its ability to raise funds for this outstanding cultural treasure.

Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) welcomed back the public May 1,
2010, with a dramatically different presentation of its renowned
collections of California art and history. Created in 1969 as a -museum
for the people,- OMCA revives its founding vision by introducing
innovative exhibitions and programming, setting a new paradigm for the
way a museum engages the public. OMCA-s transformation is enhanced by a
full renovation and expansion of its iconic building.

OMCA's groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise
California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by
people who have shaped California-s cultural heritage. Visitors will be
invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the
natural, artistic, and social forces that affect the state and
investigate their own role in both its history and its future.