Families ForwardSANTA ANA, Calif., November 9, 2010—Lyon Air Museum has joined forces with Families Forward, an Irvine-based nonprofit organization, to support the group’s annual Thanksgiving- themed food distribution for local families in need. The goal is to provide 700+ families with food needed to celebrate Thanksgiving 2010.

The Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage military aircraft and automobiles, welcomes food donations through Wed., Nov. 24, 2010. Each visitor making a donation will receive $1 off the regular admission price (limit one discount per visitor).

Needed items sought include canned goods (vegetables, fruit, sweet potatoes or yams, broth, cream soup, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie filling, evaporated milk, pasta, ravioli, chicken, meat, fish) and boxed goods (dried mashed potatoes, cornbread or muffin mix, stuffing). Miscellaneous additional items include jars of gravy, packaged pie crusts, bottled juice/juice boxes, soups (hearty, chowders, etc.), stew, chili, rice or boxed rice mixes, pasta or boxed pasta mixes, jelly or jam and peanut butter, cereal (hot or cold), crackers, cookies, snacks, and vegetables of all kinds.

“We are pleased to help families in need,” said Mark Foster, president of Lyon Air Museum. “We hope to help provide these families with a Thanksgiving without worrying about food and an enjoyable holiday with their families.” In addition to gathering donations, Lyon Air Museum has provided complimentary guest passes to the beneficiaries of Families Forward housing programs. Families Forward offers a comprehensive array of year-round programs and services to low- income and homeless families living in Orange County.

“We want to thank General Lyon, Mark Foster and the visitors to Lyon Air Museum for their generous contribution to our Thanksgiving food distribution drive,” said Margie Wakeham, Families Forward Executive Director. “Our food pantry serves hundreds of families each month and, unfortunately, more and more families are coming through our door all the time. We are trying to keep up with the demand to serve them all, so efforts like this definitely help.”The 30,000-sq.ft. Lyon Air Museum opened in Dec. 2009. The facility represents the fulfillment of a dream of Maj. Gen. William Lyon, USAF (Ret), who held the position of Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979. Currently, Gen. Lyon is Chairman of the Board and CEO of William Lyon Homes, Inc., Newport Beach, Calif. His passion for aviation history and youth education is the driving force behind Lyon Air Museum. In establishing the museum, Gen. Lyon sought to create a world-class facility that would be available to the local community and would offer educational exhibits designed to inspire young people. The Museum has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational aircraft and vehicles.

Lyon Air Museum is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707. P: 714/210-4585. F: 714/210-4588. Email: Web: Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission rates: General admission–$8; Seniors and Veterans–$6; Ages 5-17–$4; Under age 5—Free. Groups of 10 or more–$1 off each visitor. Pre-arranged school groups—Free.

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