The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 12, 2013

Fundraiser in wings at Joplin airport

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Freedom of Flight Museum will put on its inaugural fundraising event at 7 p.m. Friday at the Joplin Regional Airport.

The event will feature a 1940s theme hangar dance and dinner catered by Mythos, of Joplin. The centerpiece of the dance will be the historic Boeing B-17 bomber, Sentimental Journey.

A local group, This Side Up, will provide USO-style entertainment. Dance and costume contests, a silent auction and guest speakers are part of the activities.

Keynote speaker Bret Steffen, director of education for the Experimental Aircraft Association, will talk about the role museums can play in area education.

The cost for the event is $75 per person, with a discount available when reserving a table seating 10. Tickets for the dinner and dance may be purchased via 417-553-2683. Tickets also may be purchased online at or at

Proceeds will benefit the Freedom of Flight Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit project, that is envisioned as a learning and discovery center at the airport for children and adults.

In addition to the museum fundraiser, Mizzou Aviation and Alpha Air Center will sponsor an open house at the airport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Activities will include tours and rides on the B-17 for a fee, static aircraft displays, and hands-on educational activities for children and adults.

General admission is free to the public.

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