Hall of Honor Gala

October 29, 2022

Hall of Honor Gala at the National Naval Aviation Museum

This event honored the lives and legacies of four naval aviators, including our nation’s first black naval aviator, Jesse Brown and Medal of Honor recipient, Tom Hudner, by inducting them into the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor. We planned this event for over 300 guests including the honorees’ families and special talent from Hollywood. Design components included digital, print, décor, and a specially designed coin. We designed print elements, including the program, to reflect the aviation theme. We centered around a cloudscape as the initial inspiration and drew in colors of gold, white and gray to reflect both the military legacy of the pilots as well as the colors of the Hall of Honor in the museum. These colors were used in the design and décor components, including the tablescape. Signage to match was created to honor our sponsors and highlight our brand as host. The coin, which acted as our table gift, mirrored the four honorees by capturing a smaller version of the bas reliefs that will hang in the Hall of Honor. The stage design and lighting were crafted to reflect the magnitude of the sacrifices the four honorees made and provided an excellent background for the unveiling of the inductees as well as our keynote Medal of Honor speaker. Additionally, we created four videos honoring the inductees and paired them with the printed program. Tied together, all these elements created an inspirational evening that honored the best among us.

Video Invite to the Gala

Foil Stamped Gala Program

Instagram reels honoring the inductees:
CAPT Thomas J. Hudner
LCDR John J. Magda
ENS Jesse L. Brown
LTJG John K. Koelsch
Videos in a horizontal format were played at the gala as each bas relief plaque was unveiled.

Gala Highlight Instagram Post

Devotion Exhibit
Our newest exhibit uses a prop aircraft from the upcoming movie “Devotion” to tell the heroic and inspirational story of ENS Jesse Brown, the first African-American to complete the Navy’s flight training program, and his squadronmate LTJG Thomas Hudner, Jr.

Naval Aviation Honor of Honor Gala Photo Gallery