The Party in the Park - SD Auto Museum

The evening of October 8th under a starlit sky on the grounds of the San Diego Automotive Museum, Co-Chairs Reena Horowitz, Jeanne Jones, and Stephanie Brown fashioned an extravagant outdoor setting for the 2022 Party in the Park gala event. Attendees were welcomed within the museum to view the vast and impressive display of automobiles, review a wide ranging assortment of silent auction items to consider for purchase, enjoy an array of catered hors d'oeuvres, and sample a variety of signature cocktails and fine wines. Guests were welcomed to be seated for dinner and enjoy an exciting evening of entertainment by Mark McGrath and his SoCal band Sugar Ray. It was a fun filled, entertaining affair, inspired by a worthy cause in support of the auto museum and its diverse and inclusive programs in support of the San Diego Community.

About Us

Mission Statement:
The Mission of the San Diego Automotive Museum™ is to tell the story of the social and technological past, present, and future of motorized vehicles throughout its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Diversity and Inclusion: 
Automobiles are for Everyone. At the San Diego Automotive Museum™, we strive to be as diverse and inclusive as the vehicles we display. Be yourself. Every race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience is valued and celebrated here. Everyone is welcomed, accepted, and respected. 

Our Story:
The original idea of creating an automotive museum in Balboa Park came from Briggs Cunningham, a renowned automobile collector and racer. The idea circulated for many years until an inspired group of local automotive enthusiasts propelled the idea forward. In 1979, the San Diego City Council first considered the issue and in 1980 they gave unanimous approval to the museum and granted a long term lease for one of the historic buildings in the jewel of San Diego: Balboa Park. After spending approximately $1 million renovating and upgrading the building, the San Diego Automotive Museum opened in December of 1988 as San Diego’s Premier Transportation Museum™. Since then, millions of local auto enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world have visited our world-class collection. Today the museum stands as a living tribute to the automobile and what it has meant to our culture.

Photography by Gilda Adler