Irving, TX – Sky Ball X will honor all of our Nation's Military service members, Veterans, and their families. This year includes a special tribute to those who have served in Iraq.
Please Join us! For for information, or to order tickets and view special Sky Ball flight and hotel rates, please visit the Sky Ball website.
In 1999 the Fort Worth Airpower Council created the Fort Worth Airpower Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation to raise money in support of our military and their families.
Sky Ball debuted ten years ago as the Foundation's premier fundraiser and American Airlines became the title sponsor of Sky Ball four years later.
Over the years, Sky Ball has allowed the FWAPF to contribute to many projects that directly support members of all branches of our military and their families.
The Semper Fi Fund is one of the beneficiaries of this amazing event!
Schedule of Events:
Day 1 – Thursday, October 25th. AA Veterans Initiatives and Airpower Foundation will be hosting a Veterans Career Expo in partnership with NCOA (Non-Commissioned Officers Association, Exec Director Scoop Davis) and Col Dave Sutherland (Ret; COS JCS) from 'Sutherland Partner Consulting' in Washington DC. This job fair will consist of over 50 companies, and will be held at either the Sheraton Hotel or the Gaylord Hotel (TBD). All active and reserve military members will be invited.
Day 2 – Friday, October 26th. Free Concert for ALL military and their families (active and reserve, limited to 3000 people) at AA Hangar 5 (located at DFW) by Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band. This will be identical to Clint Black's concert last year (obviously different venue, different entertainer). Simultaneously, static hardware (ground and aviation) to arrive Friday afternoon for staging purposes (x-country rules apply as per Grimace's suggestion).
Day 3 – Saturday day, October 27th. Military Education fair/expo for 500 to 1,000 students from DFW schools. This expo will take place from approximately 10:00 – 15:00 and will include all USMC static equipment that we discussed, USMC recruiters that we discussed, etc.
Day 3 Sky Ball evening – Saturday night, October 27th. The evening will be exactly like last year, however this year we will be saluting ALL returning veterans from Iraq (and civilian contractors), and will be doing a special tribute to the USMC and the 100th Anniversary of USMC Aviation. There will be representation from USMC Senior Leadership, Senior BODs from Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, Marine Scholarship Foundation, Semper Fi Fund, Medal of Honor Recipients (names TBD), Politicians, and Presidents of Corporations (Bell Helicopter, Armed Forces Insurance, USO, PSAV, and MANY more). There will be a dinner/show/swearing in of 20 new USMC recruits/Grog Ceremony/Lt Dan Band performance/etc.
Sky Ball X is proud to announce that Lucca, a Marine Corps working dog with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, has been named the official mascot for Sky Ball 2012! Read more about Lucca or watch the video below (right) to see her story.