Los Angeles International Airport's Flight Path Learning Center and Museum will begin its 10th year with a festive Gala benefit "open house" on October 26 in the LAX Imperial Terminal on the airport's south perimeter. Themed "Friday Night at the Museum," the Gala will showcase Flight Path's progress since first opening in October 2003.
The Gala, scheduled from 4:30 to 9 p.m., will feature an international buffet, a wide selection of beverages, musical interludes and airport tours, according to Flight Path President Rowena Ake. More than 300 guests are expected. Reservations are available by calling (424) 646-7284.
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"This year's Gala will keep formalities to a minimum," said Ake. "We want our guests to enjoy Flight Path's array of outstanding exhibits, escorted tours of airport improvement projects, and wonderful food and beverages."
The museum is operated by the nonprofit Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California, a community group organized in 1995 to develop and promote the museum, and Los Angeles World Airports, the City agency operating LAX. This is Flight Path's 16th annual fundraiser.
Emphasizing Flight Path's educational mission, each gala features presentation of the Clay Lacy and Charles "Pete" Conrad scholarships to students planning careers in aviation. Competitive selections are made by aviation professionals, according to Ake.
"The scholarships are a reminder that Flight Path's primary mission is education," said Ake."Each year we help make it possible for future pilots, air traffic controllers and others aspiring to aviation careers to continue their preparation at the college level."
Entertainment will feature The Hurricanes blues and jazz band and magician Fantastic Fig and Newton. Guests will have an opportunity to view aviation memorabilia and flight simulators in the museum and vintage and contemporary aircraft on the tarmac. Lynne Adelman of the museum's board is coordinating arrangements.
Flight Path is situated in the Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission and parking are free.