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Valley of Heart’s Delight Annual Fundraiser

Down By the Station as We Honor Rod Diridon, Sr.

Thursday, October 6, 2022 at History Park

Purchase Tickets / Become a Sponsor

History San José is delighted to announce that this year’s 2022 Valley of Heart’s Delight honoree will be our very own Rod Diridon, Sr.! His dedication to preserving the Valley’s railroad history while simultaneously creating the Valley Transportation Authority is a great example of how the past can influence the present.

Please join us on Thursday, October 6, 2022, 5:30-9:30 pm at History Park as we honor Rod and his transportation legacy.

Rod Diridon, Sr.
Rod Diridon, Sr.

This major fundraiser allows History San José to offer free and low-cost programming for our many school programs that serve more than 10,000 students each year, and our cultural events for the over 100,000 visitors who engage in our hands-on experiences and activities.

We hope you share History San José’s vision of preserving and celebrating our local history and will help us in honoring Rod by purchasing tickets or becoming an event sponsor for our 2022 Valley of Heart’s Delight fundraiser.

Your contribution will help us maintain History San José’s position as one of the leading cultural institutions in Northern California.

Event Details


Be casual and comfortable! This event is held outdoors in History Park.


5:30 PM – Reception

6:30 PM – Dinner

7:30 PM – Program

8:00 PM – Fund-A-Need


Please park in Phelan Avenue lot. A shuttle is provided.

Thank you to our Sponsors & Partners

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company logo
10th Street American Whisky logo
Joseph George Fine Wines logo
House of Vivid Designs logo

Engineer Sponsors

Robert Bettencourt

CTRC logo
Lester Square logo

Fireman Sponsors

Heritage Bank logo
San Pedro Square Market logo

Brakeman Sponsors

Marianne and Carl Salas

Harker School logo

Hostler Sponsors


County Supervisor Ken Yeager (Ret.)

Leslee Hamilton

Debbie Gong-Guy

Brenna Bolger, PRxDigital

Zazueta Family logo
Mineta Transportation Institute logo

Portuguese Historical Museum

Heather Lerner & Jay Alexander

Preservation Action Council of San Jose logo