The Blast that Builds


DATE:  Saturday, April 14th, 2018

TIME:  Event Begins at 5:30 pm

LOCATION:  Willow Run Airport

2068 E Street, Belleville, MI 48111

The Blast That Builds will return to the Executive Jet Hanger

at Odyssey Aviation for this black tie event.

A stylish evening of entertainment and splendor awaits!


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Raising the vital funds for the National Museum of Aviation and Technology

The 2017 Construction Season is a pivotal period for Yankee Air Museum and the renovation of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant. Like the great Oak, the mighty National Museum of Aviation and Technology must first grow strong roots. There is incredible activity beneath the surface.

The Museum, along with its supportive fundraising arm, the Michigan Aerospace Foundation are the faithful arborists who tenaciously pursue the noble vision. Friends, neighbors, corporations and communities are contributing now to the hidden infrastructure systems vital to a world-class national museum. Faith is inspiring faith and our fundraising continues. While progress may not be seen, it is being made, led by visionaries.


Robert A. Lutz – 2017 Visionary Award Recipient

On May 1, 2010, Robert A. Lutz, retired as vice chairman, of General Motors, following a 47-year career in the global automotive industry, including senior leadership positions at four of the world’s leading automakers and founded Lutz Communications, a universal business consulting firm with an emphasis on businesses in motion.

He currently serves as Chairman of The New Common School Foundation and is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Marine Corps University Foundation and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. He is a contributor to CNBC and Road & Track. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of VIA Motors, and is on the boards of Group 14 and NanoSteel and is on the advisory boards of Alexander Proudfoot and Current Motor. He is also a partner in VLF Automotive with Gilbert Villarreal & Henrik Fisker.


Billy Ray Bauer

30 Years of touring the U.S.A.

Billy Ray has performed in 40 states and in Canada at comedy clubs, casinos and corporate functions for many major companies.

Billy Ray’s show is clever and funny enough to make your stomach hurt and tears roll down your cheeks.

Billy Ray has been a repeat guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show. He’s appeared on Fox TV and Canadian TV’s “Just for Laughs”. He’s worked with some of your favorite comedians including Tim Allen, Drew Carey, The Smothers Brothers, Lewis Black and Richard Jeni.

Billy Ray was recently named comedian of the year 2017 by Detroit Hour magazine.

He’s performed at dozens of comedy clubs including The Funny Bone, The Improv, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, MI, Crackers in Indy, The Museum Club in Flagstaff, AZ and many more!

Billy Ray has appeared in Las Vegas at the Plaza Hotel and headlined the Rampart Casino there as well. In addition, he’s headlined at the Edgewater Resort and Casino in Laughlin, NV, the Rocky Gap Casino in Maryland, the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, WI, and Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Billy has performed for General Motors, MicroSoft, Ice Mountain Beverages, Software Spectrum, Zeibart and dozens of other regional and national corporations.

Want to make a bigger bang?


Check out The Blast That Builds Sponsorship Opportunities

Dave Callanan


Director of Outreach Services & PR Exec. B-17G Yankee Lady
47884 D. Street, Belleville, MI 48111-1126
Phone: 734.483.4030
Fax: 734.483.5076
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