Volunteers like Jim Sloat have helped with the Vimy project.

Langley’s flight museum hosts French-inspired gala

The Canadian Museum of Flight gala dinner and dance is in the Murrayville Hall.

Spend Saturday evening in Paris, right in the heart of a historic Langley neighbourhood.

How? The Canadian Museum of Flight fundraising gala dinner, dance, and auction is themed Springtime in Paris.

The museum is getting ready to send the Vimy Flight Team of pilots, the build crew, four Nieuport 11 biplanes and the Sopwith Pups to Vimy, France, as part of the 100th anniversary of the First World War battle of Vimy Ridge.

This past year, everyone at the museum has been involved in a legacy project by helping build two replica Sopwith Pup First World War biplanes – a project that is also being featured in the aviation documentary Wings of Courage.

Volunteers are busy preparing an elegant evening to raise funds to carry the volunteer facility through the year.

The gala features a gourmet dinner, spirits, entertainment, and door prizes as well as serving as a send-off to the museum’s international project.

Langley’s flight museum is participating in the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with a flypast over the memorial. Gala patrons can be part of it.

Auctioneer Scott Barret will be showcasing the many items up for bid.

Headlining the live auction prizes is a trip for two to Vimy, as part of the flight team. The winner will have a behind the scenes, once in a lifetime experience.

Tickets are $150 per person with tax receipts are issued for a portion of that contribution. They can be purchased at the museum, located at Hangar #3 – 5333 216th St., by phone at 604-532-0035, or online at vtixonline.com/event.php?event_id=871.

The gala happens at the historic Murrayville Hall, so space is limited.