The 2nd annual Swing Time Event is a 1940’s theme party and charity gala. The reception was held at the Scottsdale Airport Veterans Memorial and the event took place in the Gemini hangar. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial.
The event had 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 Venue – the reception was in the Scottsdale Airport Veterans Memorial and the event in Gemini’s hangar 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 will commemorate this rich history of the Scottsdale Airport and honor 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 will capture 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.”
Swing Time 1940s Hangar Party Timeline (Military Time)
1730 Veterans Memorial & Flag Line to Hangar & 40’s Music at Memorial
1800 Hangar Doors Open & Silent Auction Opens
1815 First Call
1830 Bag Pipes – Posting of the Colors
1845 National Anthem – Kristen Bickley (acapella)
1850 Welcome & Intro any Dignitaries (Melissa Sharpe & Mike Broomhead)
Honored Guest – Bob Murray, a member of the 509th Composite Group,
North Field, Tinian, Northern Marianas, 1945
1853 POW/MIA Ceremony – Luke AFB Honor Guard & Mike Broomhead
1900 Sonoran Serenade Big Band All Out
2030 Band Breaks – Live Auction – David Stone, Auctioneer
2050 Sonoran Serenade Big Band Starts Back Up
2155 Silent Auction Closes
2155 Last Call & Pick Up Auction Items
2210 Sonoran Serenade Big Band Ends