Flight Path Museum at LAX Celebrates Global Aviation at 24th annual fundraising gala

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Sold-out Flight Path Gala featured LAWA CEO Deborah Flint as keynote speaker with gourmet dinner served in a pavilion on the LAX tarmac with runway views

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Keynote speaker Deborah Flint, LAWA CEO and Agnes Huff, Flight Path Museum at LAX board president at "A Global Affaire" gala

We are grateful to everyone, including our major supporters, who collectively made our Gala a success and generously support our museum's mission to encourage students to pursue education and careers in aviation

More than 375 friends and supporters of Flight Path Museum at LAX turned out on October 3 for “A Global Affaire,” the 24th annual fundraiser for the museum celebrating the glamour and excitement of flight around the world.

Upon red carpet arrival, guests enjoyed a champagne welcome, LAX behind-the-scenes bus tours, exciting silent auction and raffle items, flight simulator demonstrations and a selection of international appetizers.

Guests gathered in a special pavilion on the LAX tarmac with sunset views of the tower, Theme building and aircraft landing and taking off, while hearing from keynote speaker Deborah Flint, Los Angeles World Airports CEO, with an update on the $14 billion LAX modernization program. The evening included a gourmet dinner, award of more than $17,000 in competitive scholarships to promising aviation and aerospace students, and presentation of the museum’s coveted Guiding Light Award to Beverly and Vincent Migliazzo, longtime Flight Path benefactors. The Honorable Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Council member CD 11, also presented a special commendation to the couple.

It was a record-breaking year for the museum – both GALA attendance and the amount of scholarships awarded both set new records. All proceeds from the Gala benefit the museum’s mission of preserving aviation and aerospace heritage and supporting educational programs to encourage youth to pursue careers in the industry. Through increased Flight Path STEM focused outreach programs, the museum serves as a pipeline for future young professionals to enter careers in all areas of the industry.

“We are most grateful to everyone, including our major supporters, who collectively helped make our Gala a great success,” said Agnes Huff, PhD, Flight Path Museum President of the Board. “We also owe a major debt of gratitude to the many generous individuals, businesses and organizations who supported us with tables, silent auction and raffle items. We are grateful for Brett Snyder, the popular “Cranky Flier” blogger, who served as our emcee, and Gala Co-Chairs Robert Acherman, Carly Allen and Heidi Brown, for their leadership and our entire Flight Path team.”

Global Traveler magazine was presenting sponsor. First-class sponsors included American Airlines, Delta Airlines, The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation, HNTB Corp., Landrum & Brown, Los Angeles World Airports and The Private Suite at LAX. Premier class sponsors were Agnes Huff Communications Group, ARSAC, Robert and Chris Acherman, Heidi Brown, Kevin Burciaga, Flying Tigers Club, Sarah Gaspar, JetStream Ground Service, Kevin & Nancy Niles, Ethel Pattison, Larry Plotkin, Specialty Restaurants, Turner and UPS.

Scholarship recipients included Gerard Carlos, Alejandro Carrillo, Bryce Harrison and Tanner Herman, winners of Clay Lacy Scholarships; Tristan Sherman, recipient of the Morrey Plotkin Scholarship; Marcos Olivarez, Howard Drollinger Scholarship winner; Robert Peltekov, recipient of the Anton Acherman Scholarship; and Alejandro Robles, Noah Birnbaum, Evan Saracay and Simon Choo, winners of Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. Scholarships.

About Flight Path Museum

Flight Path Museum and Learning Center at LAX is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., except major holidays, in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles, CA. Admission and parking are free for members. $5 per person donation requested for non-members. Visitors can purchase memberships and get more information at http://www.flightpathmuseum.com or call (424) 646-7284.

The museum is operated by nonprofit Flight Path in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the agency which operates Los Angeles International Airport. Flight Path Museum's mission includes the preservation of Southern California’s aviation heritage as well as encouragement and assistance to those pursuing education and careers in aviation and aerospace.

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