The 2nd annual Swing Time Event was a 1940’s theme party and charity gala. Proceeds from this event benefited the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial.
The event included various WWII military aircraft, vehicles and 1940’s era cars on display, 1940’s style cocktails, delicious coffee concoctions, big band music and of course dancing was featured. To complement the mood and ambiance, all attendees were encouraged to dress in 1940s attire.
The reception was held in the Scottsdale Airport Veterans Memorial and the event in Gemini’s hangar located at the Scottsdale Airport, which originally opened June 22nd, 1942, as Thunderbird Field II, an Army Air Corps training facility. Over 5,500 AAC pilots trained in the Stearman PT-17 aircraft. The Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial commemorates this rich history of the Scottsdale Airport and honors all veterans.
The event celebrated all veterans as well as the birthday of the United States Marine Corp. The event featured a Live and Silent Auction and other opportunities for participants to support Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial.
Steve Ziomek, Chairman of Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial board said, “The Swing Time Gala at the Scottsdale Airport captured the mood and ambiance of an era known for Big Bands, Swing Dancing and Men and Women serving their country” and went on to say, “Scottsdale was at the very heart of training Army Air Corp pilots for war and deserves to have a true Veterans Memorial that the community as a whole can be proud of.“