Josh Olson, Angel Flight West receives museum’s award from Monika White.
History was brought to life at the Santa Monica History Museum’s Gala Benefit Dinner held recently celebrating the first Around The World Flight in Donald Douglas Cruisers. Attendees filled the ballroom of the Casa del Mar Hotel with dignitaries including Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, City Manager Rod Gould, Fire Chief Scott Ferguson, Senator Tom Lieu and Tim Harter, deputy for Assembly-Member Richard Bloom.
The talented Susan Gabriel-Potter chaired the event and Eddie Guerboian, museum board chair was the emcee.
Honored for their decades of selfless service for the benefit of others were, Beverly Hoskinson, who lead a corporate employee giving program that provided over $100 million dollars in funding for vital community services through Douglas Aircraft Company, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing California, and Angel Flight West, a non-profit volunteer driven organization providing free emergency air-travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions. A memorial tribute was made to Mark Benjamin, former President and CEO of Morley Builders, a humanitarian of worthy causes and benefactor of the Santa Monica History Museum’s Research Library.
Larry Balmagia, television writer took the audience back to 1924 when he narrated the history of the famous flight which put Santa Monica on the map.
“The unique decorations by the creative Judi Barker filled the ballroom with 1920’s airplane memorabilia that reflected the honorees and the theme, stated, President Louise Gabriel. “The event was the museum’s most successful one ever held” stated, Gabriel.