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Opening Gala

Walt Disney Family Museum Opening Gala
Walt Disney Family Museum Opening Gala.

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On September 29, 2009, The Walt Disney Family Museum held its Opening Gala, hosted by Museum founders Diane Disney Miller, Walter E.D. Miller, Joanna Miller Runeare and executive director Richard Benefield.

The Walt Disney Family Museum, which opened to the public on October 1, 2009 is located in three historic buildings within the Presidio of San Francisco, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area of the National Park Service. The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the life and achievements of the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctly American legacy. The Museum will tell Disney’s story in his own words and those of his family, friends, and co-workers. Using a mix of historic materials and artifacts, Disney’s achievements will come to life through innovative displays that include listening stations, interactive media, and more than 200 video monitors. Much of the material is being generously lent by the Walt Disney Company and private collectors.

Key attendees included: Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney, and her husband Ron Miller; Walter E.D. Miller, grandson of Walt Disney and president of the Walt Disney Family Foundation; Richard Benefield, Founding Executive Director of The Walt Disney Family Museum; Joanna Miller Runeare, Granddaughter of Walt Disney and board member of The Walt Disney Family Museum; Robert Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Nancy and John Lasseter; Charlotte Schultz; Michael Tilson Thomas; Ellen and Walter Newman; Maria Manetti Farrow; Gretchen and John Berggruen; Gail and Carmen Policy; Elizabeth and Clark Swanson; Margrit Mondavi; Dede Wilsey; Amanda and Pete Docter; Jonas Rivera and Michele Spane; Elizabeth and Brad Bird; Andrew Stanton; David Rockwell, Interior and Exhibition Designer; Anne Turbull and Museum Lead Architect Jay Turnbull; Julie, Mimi and Walter Haas; Bo and Kathyrn Lasseter; Henry Selick; Disney composer Richard Sherman and Elizabeth Sherman; Graham Leggat; Rita Moreno, actress, and husband Dr. Leonard Gordon.

Museum executive director Richard Benefield, Chris Miller, Museum co-founder Walter E.D. Miller
Museum executive director Richard Benefield, Chris Miller, Museum co-founder Walter E.D. Miller.

  Jennifer Goff, Tammy Scheer, Museum co-founder Diane Disney Miller, Museum Board member Joanna Runeare
Jennifer Goff, Tammy Scheer, Museum co-founder Diane Disney Miller, Museum Board member Joanna Runeare.

Robert Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Richard Benefield, Ron Miller, Diane Miller
Robert Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Richard Benefield, Ron Miller, Diane Disney Miller.

Richard Benefield, Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust executive director
Richard Benefield, Craig Middleton,
Presidio Trust executive director.

  Diane Disney Miller, John Lasseter, Nancy Lasseter
Diane Disney Miller, John Lasseter, Chief Creative Office at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios and Nancy Lasseter.

Gail Policy, Bob Hill, Dede Wilsey, Carmen Policy
Gail Policy, Bob Hill, Dede Wilsey, Carmen Policy.

David Rockwell, John Lasseter
David Rockwell, John Lasseter.

  Gary Shansby, O.J. Shansby
Gary Shansby, O.J. Shansby.

Joanna Runeare, Marcy Smothers, John Lasseter, Nancy Lasseter, Liz Bird, Brad Bird
Joanna Runeare, Marcy Smothers, John Lasseter, Nancy Lasseter, Liz Bird, Brad Bird.

Bob Hill, Dede Wilsey
Bob Hill, Dede Wilsey.

  Mark Buell, Susie Buell
Mark Buell, Susie Buell.

Elizabeth Sherman, Richard Sherman
Elizabeth Sherman, Richard Sherman.

Patricia Loucks, Charles Loucks, Elaine Mellis
Patricia Loucks, Charles Loucks, Elaine Mellis.

  Bo Lasater, Richard Benefield, Kathryn Lasater
Bo Lasater, Richard Benefield, Kathryn Lasater.

Kate McMurray, Tammy Scheer
Kate McMurray, Tammy Scheer.

Elizabeth Swanson, Bob Hill
Elizabeth Swanson, Bob Hill.

Leonard Gordon, Walter Newman, Ellen Newman
Leonard Gordon, Walter Newman, Ellen Newman.

Katherine McNamee, Chris Ray, Chris Miller, Annabelle Miller
Katherine McNamee, Chris Ray, Chris Miller, Annabelle Miller.

Rick Pettibone, Cheryl Jennings
Rick Pettibone, Cheryl Jennings.

Diane Disney Miller, Graham Leggat
Diane Disney Miller, Graham Leggat.

Photos: Drew Altizer Photography
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