Airshow highlight of Western Science Center fundraiser

Pilots wow WSC supporters with aerial acrobatics

Photos by Cindy Boeing
David Mundweiler was flying the high-performance red biplane.

■ Chronicle News Staff

Supporters of the Western Science Center in Hemet got a real treat Saturday, Sept. 8, when the center presented a thrilling afternoon airshow as part of its Science Under the Stars series, “Science of Medicine” event.
The fundraiser for the center drew several hundred attendees at $125 apiece with donations going to the annual drive supporting the Western Science Center Community Foundation. Brittney Stoneburg, marketing and events specialist for the center, reported that the fundraiser was a big success as several hundred people turned out for the casual-dress catered affair. Stoneburg explained that the center is a nonprofit corporation and relies on admission fees, sponsorships, and donations to cover expenses.

Doug Medore was flying the high-performance single-engine blue airplane.

Proceeds from the event will go to supporting the museum’s exhibits and its popular special programs and lecture series, produced in conjunction with the faculty of Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC).
Pilots for the high-performance and reportedly “experimental” planes that performed at the airshow included David Mundweiler, flying the red biplane featured in the photo, and Doug Medore, flying the blue airplane. Cliff Walters piloted a Cal Fire helicopter.
Attendees were treated to dinner following the air show with Temecula winery Europa Village providing the evening’s beverages. A silent auction was held to raise money from a collection of donated gifts.
Popular KABC-TV Los Angeles meteorologist Dallas Raines served as guest master of ceremonies for the event and delivered a brief talk via video link to kick off the evening.

Both airplanes, along with a Cal Fire helicopter piloted by Cliff Walters, entertained attendees at the Western Science Center fundraiser Sept. 8.

The Western Science Center, located near Diamond Valley Lake, has a mission statement that states: “To inspire our community to discover the past, explore the present, and promote a sustainable future.” Current exhibits .include:
Life on Earth Timeline – A 156-foot open-air corridor that guides you through geologic time periods
The Big Dam Hole – A history of Diamond Valley Lake
Postcards from the Past – Artifacts created and used by early Native Americans
Circular Theater – Films shown regularly on a 270-degree screen
Snapshots in Time – Mammoths and mastodons that lived in Diamond Valley Lake area
Discovery Lab – Explores discovery sites and tools archaeologists use
Big Picture – History of Diamond and Domenigoni valleys
The Western Science Center is located off Domenigoni Parkway at 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet, and is home to 1 million paleo and archaeo artifacts found during the construction of the Lake. Call 951-791-0033, or visit for more information. Museum hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Western Science Center sponsors of its 2018 fundraisers include the following:

• The Foutz Family Foundation
• Century 21 McDaniel & Associates
• Eastern Municipal Water District
• Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
• Balfour Beatty Construction
• Chuck Washington, Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor
• Eric and Gisela Gosch
• Bank of Hemet
• Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians
• Abbott Vascular
• Davis, Wojcik & Duarte
• Quality Inn
• Bryan and Marianne Dunn
• Rosenthal & Excell, Inc.
• Logos Education Systems
• Eric and Haley Benson
• Grace and Gerard Carvalho
• Blaine A. Womer Civil Engineering
• Kevin and Heather Mohl
• Dr. Sreenivasa Nakka
• Dr. Ed and Chris Formica
• Norma Formica
• Miller-Jones Mortuary
• Wolbeck & Teegarden
• Swan, Carpenter, Wallis & McKenzie
• Mike and Mary Moreland
• Vogler Feigen Realty
• CR&R Inc.
• New Horizon Carpet
• Enterprise Corp.

Western Science Center
An aerial shot of guests at last year’s Western Science Center Science Under the Stars fundraiser shows the venue for dinner served under the stars Sept. 8.

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