Leaders 2023

Leaders 2023
Sept 30th
Heritage Flight Museum
Tickets on Sale Now | 100% of proceeds to benefit Helping Hands
Special Guest Jay Buhner Former Seattle Mariner

On September 30th, at the Heritage Flight Museum, the Helping Hands Leaders 2023 event will focus on “Inspiring your Players” with special guest former Seattle Mariner’s Right-Fielder, Jay Buhner.

From the ballfield to the boardroom, great leaders inspire their teams, and often in sports, coaches and key players do the inspiring. Our 3rd Annual leadership event will showcase the dedication and determination of local leaders and community members coming together to support our neighbors’ basic needs.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

As a sponsor, you impact local families, kids, veterans, and our unhoused community members through Food Distribution, CHOW, Solutions, Job Skills Training, and other programs. With 100% of funds raised at Leaders going directly to Helping Hands, we are committed to making a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need.

Special Guest: Jay Buhner

Jay Buhner is a former professional baseball player who spent most of his career with the Seattle Mariners. He is widely regarded as a leader on and off the field, known for his work ethic and dedication to the game. Buhner was a key player in the Mariners’ success in the 1990s, helping the team reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

He was also known for his strong arm and powerful hitting, earning him numerous accolades throughout his career. In 2004, he was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. After his playing career, Buhner continued to be involved in baseball as a broadcaster and coach.

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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