Aviation education initiatives received a big boost as more than $2.75 million dollars resulted from the EAA Aviation Foundation’s “The Gathering” held July 25, during EAA AirVenture 2019.

More than 1,000 people from throughout the aviation and aerospace communities attended the event to support EAA’s programs in aviation education, outreach and advocacy. Hundreds of “Fuel the Future” donations coupled with 130 lots being auctioned, resulted in record numbers for both the amount of people giving and participating in the auction, as well as dollars raised.

The auction’s featured item was the one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang built by Ford/Roush Performance, modeled after the iconic P-51 Mustang “Old Crow” flown by World War II ace, Bud Anderson. The car sold for $400,000 to NASCAR owner Jack Roush, a close friend of Anderson.

“Seeing the record breaking participation, donations and support at The Gathering shows just how much our community values the role that EAA plays in keeping aviation strong,” said Ken Strmiska, The EAA Aviation Foundation’s vice president of philanthropy & donor stewardship. “We want to thank every EAA member out there who continues to support EAA’s community and mission to grow participation in aviation.”



Skybox Host

Grand Reception Host

Bid Paddles

Step & Repeat

Bidder Gift

Fuel the Future

Head Table

Gift:  Higher Power Hydraulic Doors  |  Wine: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Thank you to this Evening’s Table Hosts

Table Hosts

Platinum Table

Garmin  |  Williams International 

Gold Table

Stuart Auerbach | Foster and Paige Bachschmidt | BendixKing | Blue Sky Foundation | Cirrus Aircraft

Cleveland Wheels & Brakes/Parker/Stratoflex| Arnie Evdokimo| Tracy Forrest | Endre Holen | Global Aerospace | HondaJet

Keith Kocourek | Dave Lau | Mars Wrigley Confectionery | Phil Martineau | McKenna & Associates | Charlie Precourt

Ray Foundation, Inc. | Lou Seno | Buddy and Wendy Stallings & Bob and Susan Wilson

Tampa International Airport General Aviation | James and Shelley Tobul Foundation | John Vette | Viking Air Limited

Silver Table

Airbus | Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association | American Airlines | Tom and Hetty Ball | Richard Beattie | Boeing | Citation Jet Pilots | Corporate Aircraft Association | James Cooling | Norm DeWitt | Ford Motor Company | Gogo | Greg Herrick | Ken Hoffman | Jackson Walker | Jim Janes | Dick Kimberly | Dave and Florence Kleine | Bill Knighton | Monte Koch | Lee Aerospace

Ben Lee | Marsh USA | John and Kay McCann | David McCredie | Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics | Mooney International Corporation | National Aviation Hall of Fame | National Business Aviation Association | Ed Noel | Opener, Inc.

Jim Phillips | PilotSafety.org/Gary Reeves | Clay Presley | Myrt Rose | San Diego Air & Space Museum | Lewis Shaw SmithAmundsen | Phil Soucy | Sporty’s | TQ-Aircraft Electronics | Twin Otter | United Airlines | Jon Vesely

WACO Aircraft Corporation


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