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Friends of UCMP

We would like to welcome the following new or renewing members to our Friends of UCMP:

Danny Anduza
Todd Olson
Elizabeth Richardson Peters
Mary Arbogast
Pam and Ted Davalos
Karen Elkington
Sue Hoey
Randy Irmis

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Paleo-art auction — a grand success!

Danny presents his wire sculpture of a Velociraptor to Howard Hutchison

Danny Anduza presents his wire sculpture of a Velociraptor to former Museum Associate Howard Hutchison who outbid several others for the piece. Grad students Emily Lindsey and Susumu Tomiya look on.

Saturday, May 8, long-time UCMP volunteer Danny Anduza organized and hosted an auction of his paleo-themed artwork to raise funds for UCMP outreach. Featuring original works by Danny in a variety of media and a lecture by UCMP graduate students Emily Lindsey and Susumu Tomiya, the event raised nearly $600. Danny has been an extraordinary member of the UCMP family, volunteering to help wherever needed and always with an eager and gentle smile. His suggestion to hold a paleo-art auction, the proceeds going to support others learning about fossils, reflects both his passion for paleontology and his generosity. We are extremely grateful to Danny for all that he has given to us over the years, and we also congratulate him on his acceptance at Montana State University, where he will begin the next phase of his paleo career. Special thanks also go to the Anduza and Pinto families, and staff at Contra Costa Christian High School in Walnut Creek for hosting the event and their support of Danny's desire to help UCMP's public programs.

Photo courtesy of Rick Anduza