Saturday, May 30, 2009

Black Tie 1

I am learning that Washington DC thrives on luncheons, fundraisers, galas, and black-tie dinners. One of the unexpected benefits of being here is getting to experience some of these high society affairs. (Talking to the long-timers here, it really isn't a benefit. They long ago had their fill of black-tie affairs but continue to attend because it goes with the territory.)

AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) is one of the worlds premier association for the advancement of air and space endeavors. Every year, for about 80 years, they present a number of awards for significant achievements in the field. (My co-worker, the lawyer/lobbyist, calls them the "Geek Awards".) Some of the awardees over the years have been the greatest names in the development of air (commercial and military)and space travel: Orville Wright, William Boeing, James Doolittle, Robert Goddard, Werner von Braun, and Donald Douglass are just a few of the people presented AIAA awards through the years.

In mid-May, AIAA held their annual "Awards Spotlight Gala" in DC. Boeing was a sponsor of the event and "bought" two tables at the event. One of the main Boeing people involved in AIAA is a man I know from Seattle, Dave Knowlen. Dave, knowing that I am working in DC now, invited Barb and I to attend the event with him. So we did. It was held at the beautiful at the Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Ave. (As it turned out, Dave was given the Distinguished Service award for his long involvement and significant contributions to AIAA.)

Here are a few pics from the evening:

Who's lookin' fine?

The ballroom of the Ronald Reagan Building

Congratulations, Dave!

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