Expired2018 Rice Museum Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction

Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals Benefit Dinner and Silent Acution, Saturday July 14, 2018, 5:00-8:30 PM at Glen and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Event Phone: 503-647-2418

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals is hosting a benefit dinner. Please join us July 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM as we honor Mary and the late Dennis Murphy for their contributions and many years of support of the Rice Museum.

Dr. Terry Wallace, Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dr. Terry Wallace, Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Image courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dr. Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Los Alamos National Security, LLC, will give a presentation about the creation of gold in the universe through the collision of neutron stars. Dr. Wallace was previously a professor of Mineralogy at the University of Arizona and leader of the former Arizona Mineral Museum.


Dennis and Mary Murphy
Honorees Dennis and Mary Murphy.

The evening will honor Dennis Murphy, who passed away on November 12, 2017, and his wife Mary Murphy of Tigard, Oregon. Dennis and Mary are longtime museum supporters and their collection of nearly 1000 polished petrified wood pieces are on exhibit at the Rice Museum. Their collection is considered one of the finest in the United States and is a highlight of any visit to the Rice Museum.

Other evening highlights will include a silent auction, a raffle for a Trip to Tuscany, a special appeal (paddle raise) to support our educational programs, a tribute to the late Rudy Tschernich, and dinner from The Hive Catering Co.

Tickets are $100 per seat. The event will take place at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro.

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We thank our event sponsors for their support:


Margaret & Bob McMillan

William H. & Diana Dameron

 Jim & Gail Spann, Spann Minerals LLC

Sharleen Rice Harvey & Family

Bruce Carter

Fine Mineral Show

Cedar House Media

Gene & Roz Meieran

Build My Baby Blanket

The Hive Catering, Co.

Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce

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  • 2018 Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction
    July 14, 2018
    5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


527 E Main, Hillsboro, Oregon, 97123, United States


The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center is a multi-use arts and performance  venue in downtown Hillsboro, Oregon. Opened in 2004, it is housed in a red-colored stone building completed in 1949 as a Lutheran church and operated by the City of Hillsboro.

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