HONOLULU, Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- More than a dozen Pearl Harbor and WWII survivors joined 750 guests, and WWII Triple Ace Fighter Pilot and Congressional Gold Medal recipient Col. Clarence "Bud" Anderson at this year's 9th annual Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Anniversary Gala, December 5, 6 to 10 p.m. in historic Hangar 79.
Themed, "For Love of Country—Pass It On," the evening "remembered the past, honored the present, and hopefully, inspired the future for our guests while raising funds for the Museum's education and restoration programs," said Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.
Music, dining, lots of lighted airplanes, and special decor created an atmosphere that took one back in time, turning the Museum's 86,000 sq. ft. WWII Hangar 79—its windows still riddled with bullet holes from the attack on December 7, 1941—into a 1940s ballroom.
With leadership from internationally acclaimed Chef Holly Peterson, Starwood Hotels and Resorts featured the combined culinary expertise of The Royal Hawaiian hotel, Moana Surfrider hotel, and Sheraton Waikiki Hotel to produce a unique dining experience.
Marc and Janice Mondavi, Co-Proprietors of CK Mondavi & Family wines personally unveiled Mondavi's newest Divining Rod selections, donating all wines featured throughout the night. Also joining the evening's festivities were special guests David Hartman, the original Good Morning America host, and acclaimed Barrett Jackson auctioneer Tom "Spanky" Assiter. Spanky's Ford Island Pearl Harbor participation completes his goal of leading an auction in all 50 states.
The entertainment included American Flag Art Explosion by Speed Painter and Artist Michael Ostaski, a partnership announcement and unveiling of a commemorative Nose Art emblem for Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor's B-17 Swamp Ghost by Greg Coleman, VP of Worldwide Marketing & Franchise Management at Walt Disney Animation Studio, and a special performance by American Idol finalist and Hawaii favorite singer Jordon Segundo.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on Historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in The Pacific Region, and to preserve Pacific aviation history. Contact: 808-441-1000; PacificAviationMuseum.org.
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