Throughout its history, the Alliance has received commendations for its achievements. In 2009, the Alliance was particularly honored to be one of the recipients of the California Governor's Historic Preservation Awards for the 2008 House Tour benefitting the restoration of the Palace of Fine Arts. The Tour raised $43,500 for the project to preserve this iconic survivor of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. The award was presented to the Alliance at a ceremony on January 20, 2010 in the magnificently restored Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento, which serves as a historic museum as well as the Governor's Protocol Office. The award letter states, "This prestigious award is the only official presentation award presented by the State of California to worthy recipients in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of historic preservation." Only twelve recipients were awarded from forty applicants throughout the State.