Sweet Success at the AACA Museum, Inc. During Hershey Fall Meet Week

AACA Museum at Night
AACA Museum at Night Photo credit: Tony Hassinger
Night at the Museum Dinner 2019
Night at the Museum dinner 2019 Photo credit: Mark Usciak

Hershey, PA (October 14, 2019.  As another Fall Hershey ends, we are taking a moment to reflect on an exceptional and record-breaking week!

Night at the Museum 2019 was the most successful ever!  Night at the Museum is our Signature event and serves as our largest annual fundraiser. With the support of both the local and automotive communities, we are happy to report that this year’s program was the most successful EVER in our history!  Initial financial calculations have the Museum raising approximately $50,000 from this year’s event. Thank you to our premier sponsor, UMPC Pinnacle, our presenting sponsor, PNC, and the many other sponsors and advertisers who supported this year’s event.  Our thanks also to the 300-plus patrons who attended the gala.

AACA Museum Automotive Heritage Award 2019
Left-Right: Bill Miller, Jr., Hank Hallowell, Lance Miller Photo credit: Kevin Fischer
Night at the Museum Amyloidosis Donation
Left-Right: Hank Hallowell, Lance Miller, Andy Saft, Toni Rothman, Bill Miller, Jr. Photo credit: Kevin Fischer

Highlights at Night at the Museum included honoring the AACA Museum Automotive Heritage Award winners Bill Miller, Jr. and Chip Miller. We also introduced the William H. Smith Museum Fellows Award and honored the inaugural class of three recipients – Jonathan I. Griggs, David A. Kolzow, Sr. and Richard H. TaylorThe Museum was pleased to present a check for $1,000.00 to the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation, to help in the fight to find a cure for this rare disease. His son, Lance, accepted the check and Chip’s Heritage Award. The night was a tremendous success with sold-out attendance.  Our guests ranged from local Museum supporters to members of the automotive community from across the nation and several foreign countries, all coming together for a night of celebration in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Through a generous donation by Judy Scotland, the AACA Museum was able to debut the New York to Paris, ’08 bronze sculpture by renowned automotive artist Stanley Wanlass, created in 1982.   Thousands of visitors were able to enjoy this new donation, along with the many other featured vehicles currently on view here at the Museum.

New York to Paris Race '08 Bronze
New York to Paris '08 bronze sculpture by Stanley Wanlass
Caffeine Behind the Scenes
Caffeine Behind the Scenes Sponsored by National Parts Depot

Caffeine Behind the Scenes, sponsored by National Parts Depot on Friday morning, allowed us the opportunity to share those vehicles which are part of the Museum’s collection but not currently on view. This event was a casual gather to enjoy cars, coffee, and great conversations. This event has been growing each year and again had a larger than ever crowd of attendees.

Saturday at the Museum, we provided an educational program focused on Safe Driving Tips and Tricks presented by race car driver Loren Elmer, included with Museum admission.

Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed picking the winners for the annual Corvette Raffle sponsored by Klick-Lewis Chevrolet-Buick of Palmyra, PA.   We congratulate all the winners, and we thank everyone who helped to support the AACA Museum, Inc. by purchasing a ticket.

2019 Raffle Winners:

3rd Prize of $1,000 – Stan Drazek of Attleboro, MA

2nd Prize of $3,000 – Victor Burns of Clarence, PA

1st Prize of the 2020 Corvette or $35,000 – Lenearo Ashford of   Shepherdstown, WV

As we approach the end of the year, we’re delighted to share that this is looking to be the most successful financial year in our history!  We appreciate the support of all our members, sponsors, donors, visitor, volunteers, board members, and staff. Through your ongoing support, we look forward to growing the museum, while continuing to provide national-caliber feature exhibitions and world-class events.

About the AACA Museum, Inc.

The AACA Museum, Inc., a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses, and motorcycles in unique lifelike scenes representing the 1890s through thea1980s on a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. As one of the largest automotive museums in the country, AACA Museum, Inc. features special exhibits that change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles.

The Museum was recently recognized by USA Today 10 Best, Road & Track, and AutoClassics as one of the top automobile museums in the country.

The AACA Museum, Inc., has been and remains an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, not affiliated with The Antique Automobile Club of America.

The Museum is in South Hanover Township, just off Route 39 and one mile west of Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, Pa. Regular admission is $12.50; seniors age 61 and older, $11.50; juniors age 4 to 12, $9.50; and children age 3 and under, free. Admission is also free to AACA Museum, Inc., members, and Antique Automobile Club of America members with a current membership card.

The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 717-566-7100 or visit AACAMuseum.org.

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AACA Museum Media Contact:

Nancy Gates

Director of Marketing & Communications

717-566-7100 ext. 123

NGates@AACAMuseum.org