“Corks in the Concourse,” the annual fundraiser for the International Women’s Air and Space Museum (IWASM) drew 200 guests to the Burke Lakefront Airport terminal on Labor Day weekend.

The theme for this year’s event was, “Island Fly-In Beach Party.” The party included food stations and wine tastings. Guests had the opportunity to meet Cleveland National Air Show performers, bid on items donated by local businesses and enjoy some costumed fun in the photo booth. A highlight of this year’s benefit event was an appearance by air show performer Julie Clark. The 2019 season marked the completion of Clark’s 41-year career as a solo air show performer.

The mission of the International Women’s Air and Space Museum is to preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to document their continuing contributions today and in the future. The $12,000 in funds raised from “Corks in the Concourse” will be used to preserve the museum collection, for educational community events and for daily operations. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAHS BY ERIC EAKIN

Heather Alexander, Gary McMahon, Jim Gray and Julie Clark

Donna and Shane Cook with Bob and Vicki Curtis

Marcy Frumker, Gretchen Reed and David Klima

Morgan McIntosh, Paul Malchesky, Connie Luhta, Mike Warner (standing), Lynn McIntosh, Betty Jo Malchesky and Becky Warner (seated)

Jena Olsen, Dan Maly and Audrey Nutter

Pete Previte, Toni Mullee, Hanna Mullee and Sarah Blatnik

Judyth Springer and Pete Mrowca