For Love of Country Gala

Join us on Saturday, December 5 as We Honor 75 Years of Hope & Heroes

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About Our Event


Saturday December 5th, 2020 7pm

We invite you to tune in from home for an hour long program, available right here- online, or on-air through KHON2
Guests have the option to elect an exclusive curated dining experience from the comfort of your home. 
Visit our "Buy Tickets" page to sign up by November 27th!

Together, we will experience a night of tribute, performances and celebrations, streamed around the world, as we remember 75 years of Hope and Heroes, and honor the Values and Valor of four WWII American Heroes. 

Heroes of Distinction

Maj. Richard "Dick" Bong
America's all-time leading American Fighter Ace and Medal of Honor Recipient

Col. Jack DeTour
Living B-25 Mitchell pilot who helped sink 12 enemy ships during the epic Battle of the Bismarck Sea

Col. Perry "P.J." Dahl
Living P-38 American Fighter Ace and Congressional Gold Medal recipient

ADM Chester Nimitz
Former Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, named a five-star fleet admiral by FDR

Including

  • Veteran Stories of Inspiration, narrated by David Price, of NBC News 
  • Celebrity Tributes by Jon Seda, Treat Williams, and Tony Orlando
  • Musical entertainment by Tony Orlando, Thunderstorm and Ron Artis, Celine Carr, Anuhea, The Dutton Family, Kala’e & Bobby Moderow
  • And, offering wine, gifts and world class dining provided by Chef Chai or specially curated hor d’oeuvres by Brad Hedeman of Zingerman’s. Visit our "Buy Tickets" page to sign up by November 27th!

Our Challenge

This Place Matters! Every dollar raised during this year’s For Love of Country Gala will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 by the Ray Foundation-- providing essential support to protect America’s only World War II Battlefield Museum, and the program we deliver sharing the character of our WWII heroes for generations to come. 

With your help, we will continue to honor the global peace that arose from the end of conflict, and remember the exemplary men and women of our Greatest Generation, who banded together to ensure their legacy was one of hope. Your support makes this work possible! 


Visit our donation page, or text “PHAM” to 56651 to donate today. 

Wine and Dine

World class food and Napa Valley wine is available for delivery within the United States, and for pick-up or delivery for those on Oahu.

Guests on Oahu

Four-course fine dining provided by Chef Chai*.

Chef Chai Chaowasaree, owner and chef of Chef Chai at Pacifica Honolulu is recognized as one of Hawaii’s top Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs.  Known for fusing fresh Hawaii ingredients with the exotic flavors of Asia, Chef Chai has created a culinary style that reflects the cultural diversity of Oahu and the Hawaiian Islands.

Chef Chai is constantly seeking out new spices and ingredients at Oahu’s farmers markets and in Honolulu’s Chinatown, which brings back childhood memories of shopping the local markets in Bangkok to find the freshest ingredients for his family’s popular restaurant.  His mastery at blending flavors are shown in many of his signature dishes including Fresh Ahi Katsu with Tomato Mango Salsa Wasabi Curry Sauce, Kataifi and Macadamia Nut Encrusted Black Tiger Prawn Rainbow Salad with Tangerine Vinaigrette, Thai Style Oxtail Soup, and Fresh Mahi Mahi with Thai Red Curry Sauce.

Recently, Chef Chai was voted the winner of the 2011 Hale Aina CHEF’S CHOICE award, selected by Hale Aina Award winning Chefs.  Chai’s restaurants also have been critiqued and recommended by many international magazines, from Bon Appetite, Brides, Sunset, Cooking Light, Travel & Leisure to Gourmet Magazine and many more.

Guests not on Oahu, within the United States

A specialty food gift box, curated exclusive for Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum by Brad Hedeman, Product Selector and Writer for Zingerman's Mail Order:

"The trick to every great food gift is to curate a collection that will appeal to the novice as well as the passionate foodie. This gift box is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. Let's start with the cured meats. Vecchio Salami from Red Table Meats is a classic. Made from heirloom breed pork raised on six family farms around Minneapolis, it's a clean, straight forward salami spiced simply with garlic and black pepper. The Tamworth Acorn Edition Prosciutto is some of the best you'll find in the world...Italy included. Tamworth pigs are moved to the woods of the Ozarks to spend their last four months gorging on the acorns and hazelnuts that fall to the ground. This is the same process as the famous Iberico de Bellota cured ham of Spain. The effect of a nut-heavy diet on ham’s fat is magical. It softens it, lowering its melting point to near body temperature so that when you bite into a piece it practically melts on your tongue. An exceptional eating experience. Both cheeses: Spain's famous Manchego and Italy's less well known PIave are as versatile as they are delicious. Serve sliced ahead of the meal, or use them in the meal. Piave is like a sweeter, milder parmigiano-reggiano and you can use it as such: grated over pasta or mixed into risotto. I like to enjoy Manchego as is. Sahli olives from Tunisia have a delicate skin holding a soft flesh. I love these crackers from Rustic Bakery. There's nothing plain about them, but they're spiced simply with sea salt and olive oil. They pair nicely with the salami and cheese. Finally, something sweet. Our famous Magic Brownie with walnuts and our indulgently sweet Buenos Aires Brownie...no nuts, just dulce de leche caramel and some praline crumble on top."

There's something for everyone in this collection, no matter your foodie experience level!


*Chef Chai meal delivery is available only to those located on Oahu. Those outside of Hawaii are provided a gift box specially curated by Zingerman's. Should participants located in Hawaii prefer the Zingerman's gift box, please e-mail Development@PearlHarborAviationMuseum.org or call (808) 824-3505.

Our Generous Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Lt Col Linda & Lt Col Henry P. "Hank" Bruckner, USAF (Ret.)

Mr. Alexander Gaston

Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Kosasa

David & Florence Kleine

Col Richard M. May Jr., USAF (Ret.)

Rick & Teresa Price

Price Enterprises, Inc.















Silver Sponsors

Architects Hawaii Limited

Mr. & Mrs. Clinton R. Churchill

Maj Gen & Mrs. Edward V. Richardson, USAF (Ret.)

Dean & Tammie Jo Shults


Bronze Sponsors

Mr. Jesse Ryan Kawela Allen
Ms. Krysten Ellis

Col David & Col Laura Foglesong, USAF (Ret)
CAPT & Mrs. James Hickerson, USN (Ret.)

CAPT & Mrs. Carl A. Reed, USN (Ret.)
Lifeline Fire & Security
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Shealy

Mr. & Ms. Gary K. Von
ADM and Mrs. R.J. "Zap" Zlatoper, USN (Ret.)