On October 9, 2004, the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport suffered a terrible fire that destroyed the historic hangar housing the museum. Through the heroic efforts of a few members, the beautifully restored B-17, C-47 and B-25 aircraft were moved out of the building before the fire reached them, thus saving the heart of the collection. In addition, all the historic aircraft on display outside of the main building were untouched by the fire. The museum did, however, lose virtually all of the tooling, equipment and spare parts for all of the aircraft plus all of the office and display fixtures and equipment totaling well over $1,000,000 in replacement value. While thousands of irreplaceable artifacts, photos and books were also lost in the fire, the Volunteers at the museum are thankful that the aircraft collection remains largely intact. Only a small number of non-flyable aircraft that were in restoration inside the hanger were lost.
We would like to challenge other crafters / vendors nationwide to join in the cause and help to raise funds to save this facility from being demolished and to help re-create the Yankee Air Museum in it's place to allow future generations the ability to learn about our history in the making of military equipment, the beginning of Women in the Factory as the men were at war, and so much more.
YOU can join in the cause by donating at the website http://savethebomberplant.org/, you can check out their other upcoming events as well to help them out under the "About the Campaign" tab. There is a rush to raise funds as time is running out... With 22 days left in its fundraising campaign, the Yankee Air Museum is about $3.2 million short of its $8 million goal to save a portion of the former Willow Run bomber plant in Ypsilanti Township from demolition. More information is available in the link to the annarbor.com article... http://annarbor.com/business-review/yankee-air-museum-has-22-days-left-to-raise-32m-to-save-portion-of-former-willow-run-bomber-plant/. WE hope to have at least 20 participants each week to set up, weather permitting, we can add more by setting up outdoors on the patio of the restaurant.
Please help out and pass the word along...to everyone! This is an important piece of history not only for the Ypsilanti Community, but the entire United States as it is Military History, Employment History, and something our future generations need to have the opportunity to learn about in years to come. This will allow the housing of retired military planes, that still run... often used in air shows in Michigan and other areas and so much more!!!
The participants for the Sept. 17 BENEFIT for the YANKEE AIR MUSEUM / SAVE THE BOMBER PLANT CAMPAIGN - Weekly Craft & Vendor Extravaganza are as follows:
Teri Cranson - TLC Gardens & Crafts - Handmade AG Doll Clothes, and more
Al Tyler - Wooden Planters & More
Susan Cappelli - Therapeutic Magnetic Jewelry
Sue Koehler - Susie's Country Kitchen & Bath Delights & Baby Gifts
Margaret Wolak - Assorted Fabric & beaded crafts
Caroline Durham - Assorted Fabric - Yarn crafts
Florence Bascom - Handmade Jewelry AND AVON Representative
Ashley Nidiffer - Diaper Creations by Ashley (Diaper Cakes) and ESSENTIAL OILS Rep.
Tammy Dufek - Handmade Jewelry & Ornaments and LILLA ROSE Representative
Letha Keene - Miche' Purses & Jewelry
Kerri Leirstein - Thirty-One Gifts
Jan Croos - Celebrating Home
Coleen Billings - Scentsy, Velata Chocolates, and Initials Inc. Bags.
Nicole Seidel - Origami Owl Lockets & charms
Geradine (Gerri) Dortch - Tastefully Simple
Tanya Garay - Mary Kay
and undetermined as of this evening... Stacy Edwards w/ Suntansational LLC- Live Laugh & Love xoxox. It is possible we may be adding a few more by Tuesday... I'll let you know if we do
Sept. 24 at the Weekly Craft & Vendor Extravaganza we have confirmations from Teri Hagen-Cranson; TLC Gardens & Crafts, Sue Koehler; baby & toddler outfits, Kathryn Duncan Fine Art, Tammy Dufek; Lilla Rose Hair Accessories, aDOORable Baskets, and handmade jewelry & ornaments, Sophia Mack; Assorted Crafts & SMYL Owls, Mike Milspaugh; Candles, Don Gilleran; Silversmith/jewelry, Susan Cappelli; Therapeutic Magnetic Jewelry,Glenna Coe Cummings; Native Naturals Soy Candles & Melts, Al Tyler; Al's Wooden Planters & More,Nicole Seidel; Origami Owl, Kerri Leirstein; Thirty-One Gifts, Letha Keene; Miche ( Letha Keene's M-Pursonable ) Coleen Billings Scentsy Independent Consultant, Initials Inc, Velata Chocolates., Geraldine Dortch; Tastefully Simple & Mary Kay Cosmetics, Shannon Pryce; Avon, Ruth McPherson; Tupperware & Watkins Products. Still waiting on final confirmation from Stacy & Brandy at Suntansational LLC XOXO, and Caroline Durham. We will also be joined by the Yankee Air Museum's Tribute ROSIE THE RIVETER from 9 am till noon.
If you want your photo taken with her, but don't have a camera, we will take your photo for you and sent to you via email for a minimum donation that will go to the Yankee Air Museum Save The Bomber Plant Campaign.
It looks like it is going to be a gorgeous sunny day, so stop on out and join us in the fun and get a jump on your holiday shopping! That is what our Rosie plans to do before she leaves on Tuesday!!