2017 GALA


Join Us for a Spectacular Evening! Meet the Apollo 13 Astronauts
and Support Our STEM Education Program!


Everything changed on NASA’s third lunar landing mission, Apollo 13,
when an oxygen tank blew up 200,000 miles from Earth.
Join Apollo 13‘s Commander, Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot, Fred Haise,
as they talk about their experience on the mission that became
classified as a “successful failure.”

Thursday May 18
6:30PM VIP and Cocktail Reception » 7:30PM Dinner and Program
Business/Cocktail Attire » Valet Parking

VIPs » Entertainment » Gourmet Dinner » Unforgettable Conversation 


Capt. Lovell, who piloted or commanded four NASA missions – Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, and Apollo 13 – will become the 43rd recipient of the Museum’s
George E. Haddaway Award.

Jim Lovell
, former NASA astronaut and retired US Navy Aviator, was the Pilot of Gemini 7, Commander of Gemini 12, Command Module Pilot of Apollo 8, and perhaps best known as the Commander of Apollo 13, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control.

Jim Lovell is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon and the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice, including Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission to enter lunar orbit.  Lovell was also the first person to fly in space four times.


Jim and Marilyn Lovell with
the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, 2013 Gala.

Fred Haise (right), 2013 Gala.

Walt Cunningham with Michael Lopez-Alegria, 2013 Gala.

This is your opportunity to meet these amazing Apollo astronauts and get a photo with them! Choose any sponsorship level (below) of $10,000 or more. As a courtesy to our guests, please do not ask for their autographs.


Mark Davis, Talk Show Host
660 AM The Answer, Dallas-Ft. Worth

Mark Davis is one of the most successful radio talk show hosts in America. His two decades of ratings domination in the Dallas-Ft Worth area have included newspaper columns, local and national TV appearances and guest hosting of various national radio shows. In his 24th year of DFW radio, Mark is now the morning drive host on 660 AM The Answer. His 7-10 a.m. show is the official morning destination for guests and callers looking to discuss the major news of the day. Throughout his career, he has infused his broadcasts with his lifetime enthusiasm for America’s space program. In collaboration with the Frontiers of Flight Museum, he has moderated events and welcomed to the radio various astronaut guests from throughout our history in space.


Pair the sounds of jazz harpist Rizpah with the proficiency of guitarist and vocalist Eric Faires and you have an eclectic duo who blends Rock, Jazz and Pop into a brand new sound.


Support our STEM education program and we’ll take you to visit the moon and planets in our solar system, explore the Milky Way galaxy, and learn about the universe and space travel!

Your sponsorship of the 2017 Gala will support our new Exploration Space Initiative, a multi-faceted expansion of our acclaimed STEM educational programming.

Exploration Space
was launched October 2016 with the debut of our new digital planetarium, “SPOC” (Space Portal Odyssey Capsule), which offers an immersive and engaging learning experience for onsite and outreach educational programming.

Plans are underway to create new interactive learning stations and displays in an extensively-upgraded Space Gallery which will be anchored by the Apollo VII Command Module and supported by an educational video series focusing on past, present, and future space exploration.


Dr. & Mrs. (Millie) Kenneth H. Cooper
Dr. Cooper is a former Haddaway Award Recipient.


Exploration Space
Mrs. Richard W. Cree
Presenting Sponsor

Apollo 13
Gena & Dan Hamilton

Gemini 12



Martha and David Norton/
Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP

The Alinda Hill Wikert Foundation

Gemini 7

Air-O Specialists of Texas, Inc./
dgseals.com Inc.

American Airlines

Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. Cooper


DFW International Airport

D Magazine

Dallas Love Field


Events by Bill

Suzy Fulton/
Scott Davis

Herbert Minerals, Ltd./
PlaneSmart! Aviation

Pete and Nancy Huff/
Dr. and Mrs. David Webb, Jr.

Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones and Ron Jones

Chris Jones – Purewater Baths

Elsa Manzanares/
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Stewart & Noelle Mercer

Tom Rhodes/
The Rhodes Group

Signature Flight Support

 Southwest Airlines

University of Texas at Dallas Special Collections


Virgin America

Cindy and Tony Weber

James A. White

 Lockheed Martin

Per May 2017


Exploration Space

• 36 tickets to the
VIP Private Reception

• 36 VIP tickets
(3 tables) with preferred seating

• Recognition on invitation, website, save the date, media releases, program

• Featured name/logo/description on website

• Recognition at event

• One Corporate Patron Membership, $5,000 value

• 72 Museum passes

Apollo 13

• 24 tickets to the
VIP Private Reception

• 24 VIP tickets
(2 tables) with preferred seating

• Recognition on invitation, website, media releases, program

• Featured name/logo/description on website

• Recognition at event

• One Corporate Partner Membership, $2,500 value

• 48 Museum passes

Apollo 8

• 12 tickets to the
VIP Private Reception

• 12 VIP tickets
(1 table) with preferred seating

• Recognition on website, media releases, program

• Recognition at event

• 24 Museum passes

Gemini 12

• 10 tickets to the
VIP Private Reception

• 10 VIP tickets
(1 table) with reserved seating

• Recognition on website, media releases, program

• 20 Museum passes

Gemini 7

• 10 VIP tickets
(1 table) with reserved seating

• Recognition on website, program

• 20 Museum passes

Individual tickets may be purchased, based on availability, on May 1.
Individual tickets purchased together will be seated together based on availability of seats.
Contact Zahra Perez for Sponsorship information: 
email or 214 699 4621