Palm Springs Air Museum Annual Gala
Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
75th Anniversary of the ending of World War II
Special Tribute to Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend, who will celebrate his 100th Birthday!


Joe Mantegna returns as Celebrity Guest Emcee!

Hosted cocktails and appetizers start at 5:30 PM, followed by sit down gourmet dinner, program, and entertainment / dancing.

Black tie or military uniform, $395 per person; sponsorships from $5,000 to $25,000.

For more information about tickets, tribute ads, and sponsor info, call Carol at 760-482-1836 or email


Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

Celebrity host was Emmy & Tony Award winning actor Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds); Musical Entertainment by Grammy nominated & Best Male Vocalist Tony Orlando.

Special Tribute to Jim Houston



2019 honorees were:

Mark Irby “MRT” Fox – Vice Admiral USN, Ret. 1979-2016; Aviator, Deputy Commander, US Central Command, Washington, DC; Distinguished Flying Cross

Robert “Hoot” Gibson – Captain USN, Ret. Fighter Pilot; NASA Astronaut & Commander – completed five space missions; Test Pilot; National Air Races Champion 

Clarence “Bud” Anderson – Colonel USAAF, Ret. 1942-1972; Triple ACE, P-51 Mustang
Fighter Test Pilot, National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee

Kristen “Dragon” Hansen – Lt. Cdr, USN – F18 Pilot Squad VFA 115 – On Active Duty

Clinton Romesha – Staff Sgt USA, Ret. 1999-2011 /61st Cavalry Regiment-4th Division Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient for services rendered serving in Afghanistan 

Richard ThomasUS Army, Staff Sergeant; 422nd Infantry; Battle of the Bulge WWII 106th Infantry Division; H Company, machine gun, mortar; 1940-1945; Distinguished Service Cross

Marvin Cohn – RM2, USN, Ret.;  Navy Radioman 2nd Class,1943-1945 aboard the USS Purdy; survived ship’s attack by a Kamikaze pilot 

Robin Olds (posthumously) – Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.; WWll Triple ACE/Vietnam BOLO Operation

Gala 2019 sponsors were:
City of Palm Springs, City of Cathedral City, City of Desert Hot Springs, City of Indio, City of La Quinta, City of Palm Desert, City of Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs CVB, Harold Matzner, H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, Houston Family Foundation, Bright Event Rentals, Desert Valleys Business Association, Desert Sun Media Group, NBC Palm Springs, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Ross Aviation, Palm Springs Disposal, Arthur and Patty Newman, Mrs. Norman Sirota, Atlantic Aviation, So. Cal Gas Co, Air Capital Insurance, Palm Springs Life; Best Best & Krieger LLP, Community Valley Bank, Steve Maloney, Life Stream, Maryanov Madsen Gordon & Campbell, Rutherford Investments, Martin Garrick, Desert Jet, Fred Noble, Jerry and Barbara Keller, Desert Water Agency, Sunniva, Phil and Lee Hixon

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