Schools foundation dinner welcomes astronaut Bean

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Former astronaut Alan Bean now is known for his paintings of what he observed in space. Bean will address a Fort Wayne audience May 11.

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Apollo XII lunar module pilot Alan Bean will address a local audience in support of the East Allen County Schools Educational Foundation.

The group’s annual dinner and auction will be Friday, May 11, at Walb Union International Ballroom at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the event expected to conclude by 9 p.m.

Tickets are $35 each or $70 for two people, or $240 for a table of eight. RSVPs are required by noon Friday, April 20, to EACS Foundation Director Rose Fritzinger at rfritzinger@eacs.k12.in.us. Or call (260) 446-0135.

Bean, now a retired Navy captain, was part of the second lunar landing and became the fourth man to walk on the moon, in November 1969.

“Captain Bean is a fascinating individual and a tremendous motivational speaker,” the foundation said in a statement. “[Bean] has had a fascinating career: he was an aeronautical engineer, naval aviator, astronaut, and is now an accomplished artist creating the first paintings of a world other than our planet Earth by an artist that has actually been there.”

The education foundation supports EACS students and staff. To support that work, the fundraiser will auction such items as Kennedy Space Center tickets, 3-day/2-night certificates for the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich., Holiday World passes, Perfect North Slopes passes, a Zulu Nyala (South African safari) package, Peg Perego items, DeBrand Chocolate tours, numerous gift cards, passes and other items donated by community supporters. Additional donations will be welcomed through noon April 20.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the EACS Foundation’s Dual Credit / Collegiate Connection program, which reimburses juniors and seniors who complete college credits while still enrolled at an EACS high school. More than 1,300 EACS juniors and seniors have benefited from this program.

The foundation also provides EACS Teachers of the Year recipients with mini-grants.