• Wings of Heroes Gala
Wings of Heroes Gala 2009

Wings of Heroes Gala

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Bill & June Boeing
Bruce R. & Jolene M. McCaw
Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts & Sciences

The Boeing Company IDS
DAE Capital
Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar
Mike & Mary Kay Hallman
Badgley Phelps & Bell and Gordon L.K. Smith
Sellen Construction

American Seafoods Group
The Boeing Company
Harold & Joyce Carr
Galvin Flying Services-AirBP
William Helsell
Charles & Nancy Hogan
Lawrence & Mary Ellen Hughes
Holland America
Tom & Cathy O'Keefe
Mike & Debbie Koss
Harold F. Olsen & Family
William & Lois Rex
Transgroup Worldwide Logistics
David C. & Polly Wyman

Chap & Eve Alvord
David & Nancy Auth
Richard E. Bangert
Mr. & Mrs. Stan Savage

Mr. & Mrs. Doug Champlin
Maj. & Mrs. Kenneth Dahlberg
Anne Lawler
Lockheed Martin
Doug Smidt
Graham Smith

Airline Partners
Alaska Airlines
Continental Airlines
Delta Airlines

Catering Sponsor
Catering by McCormick & Schmick's

Wine Partners
Hop Kiln Winery and Washington Vinters

Hotel Partner
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Media Partner

Jim & Beverly Allen
Sissy Bouchard
Alan Boyd
Adam Bruckner
Scott & Lorri Campbell
Diane Cook
Leslie Decker
Idalice Dickinson
Pat Fitzpatrick
Frank & Janet Hansen
Peter N. Jansen, Jr.
Warren & Sally Jewell
Bill & Jo Jury
Eugene & Fay McBrayer
David McNeel
Henry Milczuk & Lana Peth
Kit & Sally Narodick
John Odom & Regan Sherick Odom
Patrick Pittman
William & Susan Potts
Stephen Rimmer
William Seil
Dorothy Simpson
Brooks Simpson & Kathy Higgs
Marian Smith
SRG Partnership
Brien Wygle

Thanks to funds raised during our gala events, the Museum has been able to expand its educational mission, enrich the lives of countless students, deliver innovate STEM programs, and encourage our visitors to Dream, Discover, Soar!

In the past, Gala funds have been used to:

  • Develop our one-of-a-kind Aviation Learning Center
  • Reach new and underserved audiences by providing financial assistance to schools and youth groups to participate in our STEM-focused onsite and outreach education programs
  • Upgrade our Distance Learning so that we can deliver our cutting-edge programs to students across the nation
  • Enhance our portable planetarium programs with new inflatable domes, digital projectors, and state-of-the-art software

2009 Wings of Heroes Gala | Honoring the 40th Anniversary of the Legendary Apollo 11 Mission

On Saturday, June 13, 2009, The Museum of Flight's Wings of Heroes Gala raised $1.3 million in support of educational programs and projects at the Museum. The black-tie event honored the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, with over 55 members of the Apollo 11 crew, including astronauts and mission control personnel.

Honorees at the 2009 Wings of Heroes Gala, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11.

Apollo 12 Astronaut Dick Gordon auctions a photo from the Apollo 12 mission.

Master of Ceremonies Steve Pool talks to kids before the "Raise the Paddle" portion of the auction.

Flight Director Gerry Griffin, Astronaut Bill Anders and Flight Director Glynn Lunney. 

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the midst of a bidding war, with Dick and Sharon Friel busy at work.

Marta Krantz with her husband, Apollo 11 Flight Director Gene Krantz.Gala Honorary Chair Dr. George Mueller and Museum Trustee Clay Lacy.