Decorated with celebratory décor, the National World War II Museum hosted the 2015 “Whitney Bank Victory Ball,” a grand celebration of the museum’s 15th anniversary.

The Crystal Achievement Award was presented to those whose actions in support of the museum over the past 15 years have reflected the values and spirit of those who served the United States during WWII. Recipients were: Joy and Boysie Bollinger; Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation; Mrs. Joyce Dunn; Freeport–McMoRan Foundation; and Paulette and Frank Stewart. The Silver Service Medallion was awarded to two WWII veterans: Harold Baumgarten and Bert Stolier.

Carolyn and Gary Lorio with Jan and Colonel Larry Merington served as Event Co-Chairs; Honorary Co-Chairs were Jane and Major General David Mize.

Patron Party guests were greeted in the American Sector Bar and Restaurant and later escorted into the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center for the program and dinner service. Chef John Folse created a menu inspired by the European Theater of WWII. The Funky Meters performed after dinner entertainment.

Auction items included a flight on a WWII-era P-51 Mustang; a private, in-home dinner party catered by Victory Ball Guest Chef John Folse; and a private daytime cruise for 18 passengers on the fully restored PT-305 Higgins boat.

Later guests mingled in the Otto Candies LLC Post Party Lounge, filled with oversized balloons and lush floral arrangements. Each guest received a small bottle of champagne.

Proceeds from the “Victory Ball” help advance the museum’s educational initiatives. 


What: “Whitney Bank Victory Ball,” benefiting the National World War II Museum
When: Friday, June 12
Where: National World War II Museum