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November 10, 2009 - Spreading Wings Gala brings Harrison Ford to Denver

What: Annual fundraiser to celebrate and sustain Colorado's distinguished leadership in aviation and space

Where: Wings Over the Rockies Aviation & Space Museum

When: Saturday, November 14, 2009

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $200 for museum members; $250 for non-members; $350 for member Patron level; $400 for non-member Patron; Sponsorship tables from $3,000 to $15,000

Honoree(s): Harrison Ford

EMCEE: Steffan Tubbs, KOA

Presenting Sponsor(s): Viki & Jack Thompson and Holding Pictures

Honorary Chairperson(s): Dan Ritchie, Dick Robinson and John Sie

President(s): and CEO: Greg Anderson

Staff: Matthew Burchette, Curator and Grants Mgr.; Courtney Walsh, Director of Sales and Corp. Events; Darci Wert, Director of Education; Ed Massman, Controller; Jeff Franta, Facilities Mgr.; Kristin Love, Director of Administration; Liz Ann Fischer, Volunteer Coordinator; John Bond, Volunteer Historian; Nancy McCurdy, Museum Store Manager; Yael Franzen; Kevin Smith; Joseph Muniz, Marketing Director; Marilyn Chang, Volunteer Librarian

Invocation: Major General John France, COANG (Ret.)

Entertainment: Malcolm Farley

Sponsors: Presenting: Jack and Viki Thompson, Holding Pictures; Public Relations: Linhart PR; Raise Your Hand: Mitsubishi; Youth Education: Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Platinum: Ed and Roxanne Anderson, Peggy Fossett, IHS; Gold: Capiva Resources, Jeppesen, John Pritzlaff, John and Anna Sie, Murray Books, Terry Stevinson, United Launch Alliance, Pat and Janet Wiesner; Silver: Centennial Airport, Gene and Judy Dessel, Embraer Executive Jets, Gregory A. Feith LLC, FirstBank of Denver, Integrated Airline Services, K2 Ventures, Law Offices of Joe Thibodeau, Peter and Betsy Luce, Pinnacol Assurance, Puckett Companies, Daniel L. Ritchie, Robinson Dairy, Sterling Ranch, Strachan Exploration, Carl and Lisa Williams; Bronze: Apartment Finders Int'l., Arapahoe Aero, Aurora Public Schools, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp., Bank of the West, Brown & Brown of Denver, Bye Aerospace, Peter A. and Cathy Carpenter Dea, Denver Jet Center, EAA, First Western Trust Bank, Frontier Airlines, Freelance Robotics, International Jet Aviation Services, Lockton Companies/Kaiser Permanente, Lowry Redevelopment Authority, Scott and Jody Nycum, Polsinelli Shughart PC, Saunders Construction, Snell & Wilmer LLP, SunBorne Companies, University of Denver, Emily and Julius Warner, Wells Fargo Bank, XJet Club

Auctioneer: Kim Christiansen and Greg Feith

Attendance: 800

Attire: Black tie invited or optional

Board of Directors: Greg Anderson, Rod Atherton, John Barry, Barney Carlson, Jack Cronin, Willie Daniels, Dave Dickerson, Greg Feith, John France, Charlie Johnson, John Knudsen, Lindsay Kough, Peter Luce, Tom Marsh, Scott Nycum, Jeff Puckett, Robert Resling, Julie Savage, Harold Smethills, Ron Smith, Emily Warner, Pat Wiesner, Cal Williams; Emeritus: Don Estey, Al Meiklejohn

Steering Committee: Wendy Aiello, Tom Allee, Greg Anderson, Ed and Roxanne Anderson, Linda Chowdry, Kim Christiansen, Terry Combs, Jack Cronin, Cathy Dea, Gene and Judy Dessel, Dave Dickerson, David Ebershoff, Jo Farrell, Greg Feith, Cathey Finlon, Charlie Johnson, Gail Koehn, Lindsay Kough, Lynn Krogh, Harry Lewis, Sharon Linhart, Kristin Love, Peter Luce, Tom Luinstra, Edie and Mort Marks, Tom and Diane Marsh, Scott and Jody Nycum, Robert Olislagers, John Pritzlaff, John Ramstead, Jody Randall, Cheryl Shaw, Holly Shilliday, Harold and Diane Smethills, Terry Stevinson, Emily Warner, Pat and Janet Wiesner, Lisa and Carl Williams, John Zayac

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Harrison Ford receiving the Spreading Wings Award
Harrison Ford receiving the Spreading Wings Award

I't's only natural that someone like Harrison Ford, star of the Indiana Jones series, Air Force One and Star Wars, would cultivate an interest in aviation. But who could have guessed that he has become an equally compelling force in the aviation arena as he has in the world of acting and films.

Ford is an accomplished pilot who generously gives his time to help support a variety of aviation-related organizations, including the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). He is a national spokesperson for EAA Young Eagles, which provides volunteer pilots to fly more than 1.4 million young people, giving them a personal flight experience. It was quite a coup to bring him to Denver to present him with the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum's Spreading Wings award.

Ford received the distinguished award amidst a sell-out crowd Saturday evening, who braved a severe winter storm to meet him. The Spreading Wings Award honors those who have dedicated their lives to flight and advances in aviation. Ford was also here to premiere his new film "Reach." He spent several days in Denver, attending receptions, patiently posing for hundreds of pictures with fans and spent the morning at Centennial Airport teaching a select group of kids about aviation.

"We are honored to recognize Harrison Ford with the Spreading Wings Award at this year's gala for his tireless dedication to promoting aviation and the aerospace community," said Greg Anderson, president and CEO of the Wings Over the Rockies. "His continued support of aviation-related organizations and nonprofits makes him the ideal recipient for this unique award."

The Spreading Wings Gala celebrates and sustains Colorado's distinguished leadership in aviation and space with proceeds supporting the Wings Over the Rockies Museum and the Spreading Wings Education Outreach program.

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