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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Gathering Raises $2.6 Million For Aviation's Future
The Gathering Auction
Rod Hightower presents at The Gathering Auction Thursday night. (photo by Jason Toney)
The Gathering Auction
Mike Goulian, R.A. "Bob" Hoover, and Sean Tucker at Thursday nights charity gathering. (photo by Jason Toney)
The Gathering Auction
Rod Hightower and Clay Lacy at the gathering Thursday night.(photo by Jason Toney)

An amazing night - no other words describe Thursday's Gathering of Eagles. Chaired by Cessna Aircraft Company and supported by most of the aviation industry, the room was filled with generosity and commitments to aviation's future.

More than 40 Young Eagles participated, helping attendees bid on exciting auction items donated by individuals, companies, and organizations sharing in the common mission to grow aviation.

Preliminary results show a grand total of $2.6 million raised, led by Ford Motor Company's awesome P-51 "Red Tails" Mustang, which brought a winning bid of $370,000!

Raise the Windsock, including the Challenge Grant provided by John and Adrienne Mars, generated more than $400,000 - and some donations are still pending.

Other items of note included an $80,000 winning bid to host the main table next year; $50,000 for a handcrafted propeller desk donated by Keith Kocourek and designed/built by Wally Binder; more than $50,000 raised for an "extreme" experience in the Alps with Red Bull race pilot Jurg Fleishman; as well as the opportunity to fly and spend the week with air show legend Sean D. Tucker.

And after registering the winning bid of $40,000 for a ride in the CAF B-29 FIFI with Dutch Van Kirk, navigator of the Enola Gay, and the B-25 with Col. Richard Cole, Jimmy Doolittle's copilot, winner Jim Slattery graciously donated the flights to youths to provide an introduction to our greatest generation in the air.

Auctioneer Tom "Spanky" Assiter was assisted by Danny Clisham, Mike Goulian, and Sean D. Tucker. Among the many special guests were NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman, Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Thomas Hudner, Capt. Gene Cernan, Adm. William Sizemore, and many others.

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