The Flight Path Museum celebrates its 10th birthday in the LAX Imperial Terminal with a festive Gala benefit “open house” on October 10. The Gala’s “birthday party” theme will showcase Flight Path’s progress as a learning center and museum since first opening in October 2003.
This is Flight Path’s 17th annual fundraising Gala, the events having started several years before the museum opened.The Gala, scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m., will feature an international buffet, wide selection of beverages, musical interludes and airport tours, according to Event Chair Lynne Adelman of the Flight Path board of directors. More than 300 guests are expected.
A highlight of the evening will be presentation of the museum’s annual Guiding Light Award to Rowena Ake in tribute to her long service as Flight Path president and board chair and her work in building community support for the museum’s educational mission.
GUIDING LIGHT AWARD:
Rowena Ake, Flight Path president and board chair, will receive the museum’s annual Guiding Light Award at this year’s Gala fundraiser in tribute to her long service building support for the museum in the community. She is pictured presenting a previous Guiding Light Award to Clay Lacy, CEO of Clay Lacy Aviation and a major Flight Path scholarship donor. The award replicates a blue taxiway lamp that guides aircraft at LAX from runway to terminal.
“The museum has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors in the past decade“ said Adelman. “The Gala will celebrate this important milestone as well as salute those organizations and individuals who have made it all possible.“
Emphasizing Flight Path’s educational mission, each Gala also features presentation of the Clay Lacy and Charles “Pete” Conrad scholarships to students planning careers in aviation. Competitive selections are made by aviation professionals.
Guests will have an opportunity view aviation memorabilia and flight simulators in the museum and vintage and contemporary aircraft on the tarmac. A silent auction and raffle will feature a variety of prizes, ranging from air travel to select wines.
Gala reservations at $75 per person are available by calling (424) 646-7284. Opportunities are available for table sponsorships. Those sponsoring tables or donating prizes will receive special recognition at the event.