RAMWC set to host inaugural Preservation Ball fundraiser Saturday, October 21, 2023

(WINNIPEG, MB – October 18, 2023) – Five years since the museum last held their annual fundraiser, the much-anticipated event is back in a new space and with a new brand.

The Preservation Ball will raise funds for RAMWC’s award-winning STEM programming. Since launching these programs in the fall of 2022, nearly 8,500 students have participated in curriculum-based programs designed to teach the science, technology, engineering, and math principles of aviation and aerospace.

The mission of RAMWC is to preserve and promote the stories of aviation in Western and Northern Canada, and to address the needs of our community through education and inspiration. Currently, the most pressing needs are a skills shortage in the aviation and aerospace industries and access to STEM education for underserved communities. Participating in these programs is cost-prohibitive for many; to that end, RAMWC has created an Access-For-All fund.

“Our Access fund ensures that all students in Winnipeg have equal opportunity to learn about the fascinating world of aviation and aerospace through the programs we offer and the partnerships we hold,” explains RAMWC President and CEO Terry Slobodian. “The continued generosity of our community means that any student can explore and experience their potential in this sector. It truly opens the door to a world of possibilities.”

The inaugural Preservation Ball also serves to honour a long-time RAMWC supporter, Tannis Richardson. Not only was Ms. Richardson one of the founders of the museum’s annual fundraiser, originally called the Out of the Blue gala, she was integral to the search and recovery of one of the museum’s signature aircraft, the Ghost of Charron Lake.

Preservation Ball Co-Chair Blain King says, “We’re thrilled to be recognizing Tannis Richardson as our Honorary Patron. She is a true visionary whose generosity and support have helped elevate our museum to a world-class facility.”

This year’s event takes place on October 21 at the Royal Aviation Museum. Tickets for the 2023 Preservation Ball are sold out, but those interested in supporting the museum’s Access-For-All fund can do so by participating in the event’s online auction or donating online:


Learn more about the Preservation Ball:


About the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada was established in 1974 by a small group of visionaries committed to preserving Canada’s distinct aviation heritage. Today, with nearly 100 historic aircraft and more than 70,000 artefacts and archival records (including photographs), the museum remains one of Canada’s largest and most complete aviation heritage collections. Through remarkable storytelling and engaging exhibits that enable visitors and students to discover the science behind flight, this collection is sure to inspire future generations of aviators and inventors. RAMWC is located on the campus of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and will be a premier attraction for the city of Winnipeg. Located on Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Red River Métis, RAMWC is committed to Truth and Reconciliation, and to creating a safe space for this to occur.

For more information, please contact:

Vanessa Desorcy, Marketing Specialist

PH: 204-712-3226

E: vanessa.desorcy@royalaviationmuseum.com


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