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EAA-Member Meetings, AirVenture High on Agenda During Western Trip

Poberezny also attends Living Legends of Aviation gala

Tom Poberezny, Steves Udvar_Hazy, Sharon Poberezny
EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny (left) and his wife, Sharon, with Steven Udvar-Hazy, namesake of the National and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Tom Poberezny, Kurt Russell, Sharon Poberezny
During last weekend’s “Living Legends of Aviation” in Beverly Hills, Calif., EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny (left) and his wife, Sharon, talked aviation with actor/pilot Kurt Russell.

January 25, 2010Meeting with EAA members and developing programs for AirVenture 2010 were among the top priorities during EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny’s to California last weekend, one of several trips he will be making in coming weeks to meet with EAA members and supporters throughout the country.

During his meetings with EAA members, Poberezny had the opportunity to discuss EAA’s increasing mission and role in creating pathways to aviation participation, both at EAA AirVenture and throughout the year. He and Elissa Lines, EAA’s vice president of donor and business relations, also joined a planning session for this year’s Gathering of Eagles fundraiser scheduled for Oshkosh on July 29. That fundraiser provides important support for EAA’s education programs such as Young Eagles and the Air Academy, among others.

“These sessions were very valuable because we received input from EAA members who support the future of their organization and shared ways they can be involved,” Poberezny said.  “EAA’s programs will build aviation’s future by allowing people to find pathways to participate through EAA.”

While in California, Tom and Sharon Poberezny, as well as Lines, also attended the annual Living Legends of Aviation gala in Beverly Hills, which featured pilots and flight enthusiasts from the entertainment and aviation communities. That included such notable aviation legends as Bob Hoover and Steve Udvar-Hazy, as well as entertainers such as Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Kurt Russell. A number of attendees are also EAA members.

“Even though many of those at this event are well known for their own public careers, they are energized by their passion for aviation,” Tom Poberezny said. “It struck me that regardless of what people fly and what they do in their life, the common passion for aviation is something that brings us together within the world of flight.”

EAA board member Kermit Weeks was honored during the event, receiving the “Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award” for his efforts in aviation education through his Fantasy of Flight Museum in Polk City, Fla.


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