Leaders Inspiring Leaders 2022

Janicki Industries presents Leaders Inspiring Leaders: An evening of inspiration to support Helping Hands. Special Guest: Dr. Robert Gates. Saturday, June 25th. Heritage Flight Museum. Tickets On Sale Monday, May 2nd.

Join us for an evening of Leaders Inspiring Leaders presented by Janicki Industries!

Hear from a diverse group of leaders, including the Former United States Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert Gates, as they share motivational insight about leading organizations and government entities from Skagit County to Washington, DC.

The venue for the evening is awe-inspiring. We invite you to join us on Saturday, June 25th, at the Heritage Flight Museum for a night of inspiration and generosity.

100% of funds raised will directly go to Helping Hands, benefiting individuals and families who access our food distribution and additional programs, including non-food life essentials, job skills training, resources, and more.

Tickets are on sale NOW!

If you have any questions, please call our office at (360) 856-2211.

In-Person & Virtual Experiences Available

VIP — $500

This unique VIP experience offers an exclusive opportunity to interact and engage with Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert Gates, surrounded by vintage planes still in operation. Dr. Gates is offering an in-person Q&A about his experience in high-level leadership while you enjoy your delicious, locally provided meal. Also included in this opportunity are complimentary drinks, appetizers, and reserved seating during the main program. The availability of this experience is limited to sixty.

General Admission — $100

This experience provides complimentary drinks and appetizers during cocktail hour surrounded by vintage planes still in operation. Also included in this experience is a full-access pass to the Heritage Flight Museum and General Admission seating during the main program.

Virtual — $40

If you are unable to join us in person or prefer to attend virtually (we get it, PJs are comfortable), this virtual experience is for you! This opportunity includes a link to watch the event live from wherever you are.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Limited quantities. Secure your spot today! Contact Käaren Flint at (360) 303-3445 or Kaaren@HelpingHandsFoodBank.org.

Volunteer Opportunities Available

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Erica Petosa at (360) 383-8339 or Erica@HelpingHandsFoodBank.org.

Special Guest: Dr. Robert Gates

061212-A-5590K-001 Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.  DoD photo by Monica King, U.S. Army.  (Released)

Dr. Gates is an American intelligence analyst and university president who served as the 22nd United States secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011 under the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration. Dr. Gates began his career as an officer in the United States Air Force but was quickly recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Dr. Gates served for 26 years in the CIA and the National Security Council and was Director of Central Intelligence under President George H. W. Bush. After leaving the CIA, Dr. Gates became president of Texas A&M University. He was then nominated and sworn in as secretary of defense in 2006. Dr. Gates was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, by President Obama during his retirement ceremony in 2011. After retiring, Dr. Gates was elected President of the Boy Scouts of America, served as Chancellor of the College of William & Mary, and served as a member of several corporate boards.

About the Venue

In 1996 the Heritage Flight Museum was founded by William and Valerie Anders in Bellingham, Washington. The Museum’s vintage aircraft collection began with the P-51 Mustang “Val-Halla” and has steadily grown. In 2014, HFM moved to its new home at Skagit Regional Airport in Burlington, Washington. The museum currently houses 15 aircraft, several antique military vehicles, a library, and many artifacts donated by veterans. Recent facilities upgrades have helped pave the way for new acquisitions and additional exhibits.

Two of William Anders’ sons joined him in the Puget Sound area to help run the museum.  The photograph used in the Museum’s logo depicts Anders in the P-51, and his son Greg in the F-15, taken during a photo sortie at the first Gathering of Mustangs and Legends.


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