Planes of Fame 50th anniversary gala October 13

September 21, 2007
Santa Paula News

Planes of Fame Air Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a “Taste of Flight” gala on Saturday, October 13 starting at 5 p.m. at Chino Airport.

Planes of Fame Air Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a “Taste of Flight” gala on Saturday, October 13 starting at 5 p.m. at Chino Airport. An aerial display, featuring some of the aircraft restored by Planes of Fame in its first 50 years, leads off the event.Guests will be able to taste wines from aviation-oriented vintners, while a silent auction will offer unique aviation items, and pilots who fly the restored aircraft will answer questions during the pre-dinner activities. Spaggi’s of Upland and its Chef Henry Gonzales will cater the event. A live auction will follow the dinner.“The Taste of Flight proceeds will support our educational programs, aircraft restoration efforts and capital projects, including the library expansion and a theatre,” said Karen Hinton, director of development. “We are grateful for the individuals and companies that have stepped forward to serve as sponsors, auction donors and wine tasting sponsors.”Hinton added, “This should be a wonderful and memorable evening for everyone who attends.” The Taste of Flight is limited to 250 guests. Tables of 10 are available for $5,000 or $2,500, while individuals can participate for $250 each.
Dinner Sponsor for the gala is Bill Destefani of Bakersfield, while Flight Sponsors are Dan and Debra Friedkin of Houston, Texas. Platinum Sponsors include Rod and Kim Lewis of San Antonio, Texas, and Provenance Fighter Sales, Murrieta, CA. Gold Sponsors include Robert and Jo Pond, Palm Springs; Jim Beasley, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Frasca International, Urbana, Illinois. Silver Sponsors include September Pops Air Racing Team, Ione, CA and Shelby and Fern Collinsworth; Underwriters include David Price and Alan Purwin.Auction items include roundtrip business class airfare for two on American Airlines to London, a four-night stay with a golf/ski package at Tamarack in Idaho, plus an Alaska Airlines roundtrip for two to Boise, Idaho. Bremont Watch Company has donated an exceptional aviator’s watch. Robert Arnold has donated wine from Chandelle Winery in Sonoma, the Doubletree Hotel – San Diego offers a two-night stay, and Balboa Boat Rentals donated a two-hour Duffy boat rental. John Dibbs, Plane Picture Company of Redmond, Washington, has also made an auction donation.Wine Sponsors for the gala include Bella Luna Estates, Templeton, CA; Chandelle Winery, Sonoma; and Korbel Champagne, Guerneville, CA.Founded in 1957, Planes of Fame Air Museum, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to preserving aviation history for the benefit of future generations. Currently, Planes of Fame houses over 150 aircraft at two locations, the main facility at Chino Airport in California and a satellite museum near the Grand Canyon at Valle Airport in Arizona.

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