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Fundraising auction Feb. 24

The Canadian Museum of Flight is bringing in some big guns for its annual fundraising auction.

The big bash, a dinner, live auction and silent auction, is set for Saturday, Feb. 24, with dinner at 6 p.m., the auction at 7 p.m.

It will be held at the museum’s Hangar 3, at Langley Airport, at 5333 216 St. The fundraiser is “not just an auction, it is an experience,” says museum vice-president and fundraiser Gord Wintrup.

The top gun will be Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender, who will act as auctioneer.

Organizers hope the funds from the third annual event, this year dubbed “Up, Up and Away,” will exceed the $10,000 raised last year for the museum.

Fassbender is confident.

“Yes, I am going to get $10,000 for the flight simulator,” he joked.

While the flight simulator may not draw that sum, it’s sure to be sought after.

Museum executive director Sandy Sideroff said Air Canada had just announced it will donate an Airbus A320 Flight Simulator training session, for two, to the museum for auction.

Harbour Air has offered two flights for two to Victoria and back, and one includes overnight accommodations at Laurel Point Inn, said Sideroff. There is a diamond ring from Langley’s Key Largo, theatre tickets for Vancouver Theatre Sports, two Vancouver harbour dinner cruises, and many more items.

The museum houses some of the province’s finest aviation history exhibits, is run entirely by volunteers and depends primarily on donations and funds from events like this for its continuing operations.

Dinner tickets are $25. Order tickets at museum@direct.ca or by calling 604-532-0035.

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