Let’s Take Flight is the Fort Vancouver National Trust‘s third annual fundraiser for the Pearson Field Education Center, happening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. The event will feature a catered dinner and silent and live auction packages such as a flight over Mount St. Helens, a hot air balloon flight, and a 1961 vintage Wurlitzer 2500 Jukebox, a seven-night stay in Honolulu, dinner for seven at the Northwest Culinary Institute, a Skamania Lodge adventure, and two round-trip Alaskan Airline tickets—among many other wonderful items!
The event’s keynote speaker is Jerry McWithey, Director of Flight Operations at Insitu, Inc., a company that designs, develops and manufactures customized unmanned hardware, software and services solutions for commercial, government and defense customers worldwide. McWithey’s personal story includes service to our country as CO/XO US Navy Electronic Attack Squadron 135; Operations Officer on the USS Kittyhawk out of Yokosuka, Japan; CNE Director of Logistics, N4, in the United Kingdom; and Commanding Officer at NAS Kingsville, in Texas.
Funds raised during the event will benefit the Trust’s STEM-based aviation education programs which preserve the history of Pearson Field and inspire tomorrow’s aviation professionals. Proceeds support programs such as summer camps, Open Cockpit Days, Aviation Education Resource Fairs, school outreach programs, and free Open Saturdays.
Tickets are $100 per person, including dinner, available by clicking here. The Pearson Field Education Center is on Pearson Field at the south end of East Reserve at 201A E. Reserve St. For more information about the Trust’s aviation education programs, visit www.fortvan.org/AviationEducation.