The city’s most prominent philanthropists came together at the Frontiers of Flight Museum Gala to recognize accomplishments in aviation and raise money for a great cause. Themed “Not for Self, But Country,” the evening celebrated service to country and community.
Guests — including Ebby Halliday, Marianne Staubach, Jan Collmer and Margot Perot — enjoyed an elegant evening filled with fine dining and performances by the Hillcrest High School Panaders dance team; Wylie East High School Air Force JROTC armed drill team; and Chris Irwin and Jeff Widenhofer, Navy veterans and nationally recognized composers for the documentary Murph: The Protector.
Special guest Ross Perot presented the 2014 George E. Haddaway Award to deserving recipients Admiral Patrick Walsh (Ret.) and former Navy officer Roger Staubach. Both were recognized for their service and achievements in the United States Navy and their lifetime contributions to their communities.
Leading the fundraising charge was chair Gina Ginsburg, who helped rake in $450,000 for the museum’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs that reach more than 10,000 students each year. These funds help educate the next generation of aviators and astronauts.
“As a mom, the work of the Frontiers of Flight Museum is close to my heart because it’s also one of my sons’ favorite places to visit,” Ginsburg said. “Through my own experience, I’ve seen what the museum does firsthand to inspire and educate our children.”