Heroes of United Flight 93
20-Year Remembrance Gala

Presented by Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund
In Association with The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation

Saturday, October 2, 2021 - Gaylord Rockies Resort

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About The Gala

"Heroes Are Not Forgotten"

The Heroes of Flight 93 Gala is an annual charity fundraising event held by the Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund, which honors the memory of those lost in the September 11th attacks by sponsoring future aviators with scholarships. Join us for an evening of remembrance following the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 with keynote speaker Heather "Lucky" Penney and a silent auction.

Where

Gaylord Rockies Resort

6700 North Gaylord Rockies Blvd
Aurora, Colorado 80019

Dress: Optionally Black Tie

When

Saturday, October 2, 2021

5pm to 10pm

Keynote Speaker

Learn More About Heather "Lucky" Penney

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Heather "Lucky" Penney

United States Air Force Pilot and Senior Resident Fellow for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies at the Air Force Association

Most widely recognized for her service on September 11, Heather “Lucky” Penney was part of the first wave of women who went directly into fighters from pilot training. Born on an Air Force base in Arizona, Heather Penney grew up around the military. Her father, retired Lt. Col. John Penney, flew jets, too. From age 4, she told her mother she wanted to be a fighter pilot, along with a ballerina, a butterfly, and a volcanologist. She fell in love, too, with jets and the camaraderie of the Air Force community.It wasn't until she got to Purdue University as an undergraduate in 1992 that she discovered women weren't allowed to be fighter pilots.

While she was still in college, Congress opened up combat aviation to women. In graduate school, she applied and got in. She was the only woman in her class.Her squadron gave her the name "Lucky" when she first arrived, as in "lucky Penney" She loved flying jets, riding at 500 knots, 30,000 feet up, totally focused on the task.

She was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2006, and then took a job at Lockheed Martin, the global security and aerospace company. She became a traditional reservist, which allowed Penney, then a divorced single mother, more time to raise her daughters, now 12 and 14. (She has since remarried.). Penney still flies for enjoyment and has her vintage planes, a Cessna 170 A and a Stearman PT13.

Master of Ceremonies

Captain Denney Flanagan

United Airlines Pilot and Extraordinary Customer Service Ambassador
Our Master of Ceremonies!

Captain Denny Flanagan retired from the United States Navy and United Airlines after a successful and fulfilling 45 year flying career. As a Naval Aviator he spent three years with the National Science Foundation in support of Operation Deep Freeze on the Antarctic continent. He flew ski-equipped Lockheed C-130 Hercules and provided logistics for scientific experiments. He also flew the Lockheed P-3 Orion whose mission was to maintain surveillance of the Russian submarine fleet, search and rescue of ships in distress in the Atlantic Ocean and locate drug runners in the Gulf of Mexico. While at United, he rose to be Captain of the Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft. He would often go out of his way to ensure the flying public received the best possible service. It was not uncommon to see him pushing a wheel chair, speaking with customers or purchasing meals during long delays. His personal attention to his customers has landed him on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and on the morning shows of ABC, NBC and CBS.

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Other Presenters

Speaker 2

Joseph Schmidt

JetBlue Pilot and Violinist

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Norm Silver

Auctioneer

Speaker 3

Stefano Flavoni

San Francisco Orchestra Conductor and Pianist

Honored Guests

John Werth

John Werth

Flight 93 ATC Controller, 9/11/2001

The Organization

Learn More About the Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund

Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund

dahlfund.org

Founded in 2002 by Sandy Dahl, the Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund is a charitable 501(c)3 that has raised over $347,000 in college scholarships for aspiring aviators. It originally awarded two scholarships per year to students at Metropolitan State University of Denver and San Jose State University (Captain Dahl's Alma Mater). In 2011, the Scholarship Fund was opened up to students in any accredited 4-year program, and it has now awarded 178 scholarships. Last year, $40,000 in scholarships were awarded to aviation students at 9 different universities.

The Dahl Fund is made strong by a legion of dedicated unpaid sponsors and volunteers, who make it possible to allocate nearly 100% of donations directly to scholarships. We seek to become the premier aviation scholarship in the country.

The Dahl Fund also sponsors an annual primary school program called "Heartland Heroes", which is a valuable learning tool for 5th graders, who learn about the heroics of Captain Jason Dahl and participate in an essay competition about heroes in their own lives. Currently sixteen Ken-Caryl area elementary schools participate every year.


The LeRoy W. Homer Foundation

leroywhomerjr.org

The LeRoy W. Homer Foundation was also founded in 2002 with the purpose of encouraging young adults aspiring to become professional pilots and increase awareness in the field of aviation. They have awarded 25 scholarships to students in aviation-related programs, all of whom now have a professional pilot's license.

Captain Jason Dahl Sandy Dahl and Melodie Homer
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Captain Jason Dahl
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First Officer LeRoy W. Homer

Flight 93 Gala Schedule

A tenative schedule for the evening

A night of memorial and support of the new generation of aviators.


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Virtual Silent Auction

Conducted via online application throughout the evening.


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silent auction

Cocktails and Live Music

Joseph Schmidt on Violin and Stefano Flavoni on Piano


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Hubert Hirthe

Gala Dinner

Options Available With Ticket

Joseph Schmidt on Violin and Stefano Flavoni on Piano


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Cole Emmerich

Break Bar Opens For Service


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Jack Christiansen

Annoucements Captain Denney Flanagan

Some brief notes about the evening


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Alejandrin Littel

Live Auction Norm Silver

Last call for Silent Auction.


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Keynote

Keynote Heather "Lucky" Penney

Speaking about everyday heroism


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Jack Christiansen

Wrap Up and Awards

Thank you for coming and supporting our cause!

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Event Venue

Event venue location info and gallery

Gaylord Rockies Resort

Book a Room Here

Just minutes from Denver International Airport and downtown Denver, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center provides access to many options for your stay in Colorado. It offers ample convention and outdoor space to support our gathering, along with many activities and amenities for your stay.

Sponsors

Support the cause and be displayed here and at the event.

Reserve Tickets

Purchase your tickets for the in-person event, or access the event virtually for a small donation.
The event will last until 10 PM. Optional honorary dress code is black tie. All revenue from ticket sales will be shared equally between the Dahl and Homer Foundations. Book a hotel room here.
Due to the postponement, ticketing will not be available until further notice.

Digital Access
$20

  • Support the Cause
  • Access to Event Livestream
  • Silent Auction
  • In-Person Access
  • Live Final Auction
  • Reserved VIP Table

Event Ticket
$135-$150

  • Support the Cause
  • Silent Auction
  • In-Person Ticket
  • Live Final Auction
  • Dinner
  • Reserved VIP Table

Table for Ten
$1,700

  • Support the Cause
  • Silent Auction
  • TEN In-Person Tickets
  • Live Final Auction
  • Dinners
  • Reserved VIP Table

Contact Us

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Address

9956 West Remington Place Unit A-10 Suite 193
Littleton, CO 80128
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The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund Board has made the difficult decision to postpone our Heroes of Flight 93 Remembrance Gala originally scheduled for October 2, 2021.

Our decision was made In the interest of public safety due to the uncertain and rising risks brought on by Covid-19 and the Delta Variant.
The last heroic acts of Captain Dahl, First Officer Homer and the crew and passengers of flight 93 were in the unselfish interest of public safety and concern. We think this unfortunate postponement is in keeping with their acts of heroism.
Our event will be rescheduled at a time when the potential health threats are reduced. Thank you for your understanding and support.