Flight Path Museum at LAX Airport: 24th Annual Fundraising Gala 2019

A Global Affaire with Aviation Scholarship Awards

LAX Airport’s Flight Path Museum had a great turnout of more than 375 friends and supporters on its annual fundraising Gala.

The event celebrates Global Aviation, emphasizing the glamor and excitement of flight around the world.

Flight Path gala 2019, LAX activities

The sold-out event brought the guests into a specially constructed pavilion right on the tarmac of the LAX airport, with spectacular views of airplanes taking off and landing, with a panorama-view of the LAX control tower.

Red carpeted guest arrivals were greeted with a glass of champagne. Plenty of behind-the-scenes opportunities were offered.

attendees, flight path gala lax
Photo Credit: Joshua Barash.

Bus tours offered a rare behind-the-scenes opportunity to see LAX up close from the tarmac-area of the airport.

Flight Path Global Affaire LAX tarmac bus tour
Flight Path Gala attendees going on board the LAX tarmac bus tour. Photo Credit: Joshua Barash.

Silent auction and raffle items were presented, and a selection of international appetizers was offered. Flight simulator demonstrations were given to eager fans of aviation.

Record-breaking year for the Flight Path Museum at LAX

Tables, Flight Path Gala 2019
Photo Credit: Joshua Barash.

This 24th annual event presented a record-breaking year for the museum. The Gala attendance, as well as the number of scholarships, both set new records.  

All proceeds from the event benefit the museum’s mission of preserving aviation and aerospace heritage. It also supports educational programs to encourage youth to pursue careers in aviation.

The museum serves as a pipeline for future young professionals to enter careers in all areas of the industry. Increased outreach programs ensure expanded opportunities for the youth.

flight path gala lax
Photo Credit: Joshua Barash.

Keynote Speaker Deborah Flint, LAWA CEO

A gourmet dinner was served in the pavilion, while keynote speaker Deborah Flint, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) gave her speech. The CEO provided an update on the current modernization program at LAX, worth $14 billion USD.

LAX Flight Path Museum fundraising gala 2019
Above and below: Deborah Flint (left) and Agnes Huff (right) at the Flight Path Museum 24th Annual Fundraising Gala. Photos Credit: Joshua Barash.

Agnes Huff, Ph.D., Flight Path Museum President of the Board

During her speech, Agnes Huff said,

“We are most grateful to everyone, including our major supporters, who collectively helped make our Gala a great success. 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.”

Scholarship recipients for Flight Path Museum 24th. Annual Gala

Above pictures: LAX Flight Path Museum Gala. Los Angeles International. October 4, 2019. Photos Credit: Joshua Barash.

More than $17,000 USD was awarded in competitive scholarships to promising aviation and aerospace students.

Flight Path’s Guiding Light Award

Beverly and Vincent Migliazzo, longtime Flight Path benefactors received the coveted Guiding Light Award. Los Angeles City Council Member Mike Bonin presented a special commendation to the couple.

LAX Flight Path Museum Guiding Light Award went to Beverly and Vincent Migliazzo
LAX Flight Path Museum’s Guiding Light Award went to Beverly and Vincent Migliazzo (seated). Photo Credit: Joshua Barash.

Recipients of Clay Lacy Scholarships

  • Gerard Carlos,
  • Alejandro Carrillo,
  • Bryce Harrison, and
  • Tanner Herman.

Morrey Plotkin Scholarship recipient

  • Tristan Sherman.

Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. Scholarships

  • Alejandro Robles,
  • Noah Birnbaum,
  • Evan Saracay, and
  • Simon Choo.

Howard Drollinger Scholarship winner

  • Marcos Olivarez.

Recipient of the Anton Acherman Scholarship

  • Robert Peltekov
A walk around the LAX Flight Path Museum. Video: YouTube, Michael Jiroch.

Flight Path Museum sponsors for its 24th Annual Gala

Presenting sponsor

Global Traveler Magazine.

First-class sponsors

  • 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

  • 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.
Flight Path Manager Kevin Burciaga and family
Flight Path Manager Kevin Burciaga (far right) and his family. Photo Credit: Joshua Barash.

About the Flight Path Museum at LAX

You can read more about the nonprofit LAX Flight Path Museum and Learning Center here.


You can contact us here.

Featured Image Credit: CaptainJetson.com and Flight Path Official Logo.

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