Call it the ultimate $100 hamburger run. Fly in to Palm Springs, Calif., for the AOPA Foundation's A Night for Flight charity gala and dine with Harrison Ford and AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines; the Discovery Channel's Flying Wild Alaska pilots John Ponts and Luke Hickerson; or comedian Dave Coulier and Discovery Channel's Flying Wild Alaska pilot Doug Stewart.
Pairs of tickets for a three-course dinner at the vintage Riviera Palm Springs Resort with these aviators are up for auction starting at $2,500 for Ford and Haines, and $750 for the Flying Wild Alaska pilots and Coulier. All of the proceeds, except for $125 per ticket, go to the AOPA Foundation and are tax deductible. The gala and associated online auction are the major fundraisers for the foundation, with donations being used to enhance pilot safety, grow the pilot population, protect and preserve community airports, and boost the image of general aviation.
Ford, a longtime pilot, passionate aviation advocate, and member of the AOPA Foundation's Hat in the Ring Society, will be speaking about the importance of general aviation at the event; dinner tickets also can be purchased for $250, half of which is tax deductible.
The benefit runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Riviera Palm Springs Resort. The evening's entertainment will transport you back to the golden age of Hollywood with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Register for the event, which coincides with AOPA Aviation Summit that kicks off earlier in the day Oct. 11 and runs through Oct. 13.
Dinner with famous aviators, a three-course meal, and supporting general aviation—how could that not rise to the top of the $100 hamburger run list?