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Aviator-Journalist Miles O'Brien to Emcee NBAA's CAN Charity Benefit at Convention

July 26, 2010

NBAA's CAN Charity Benefit, held at the Association's Convention each year to raise money for the Corporate Angel Network, will feature one of aviation's own as Master of Ceremonies this year, with veteran aerospace news broadcaster Miles O'Brien presiding over the event.

"We're very excited that Miles O'Brien will join us for this year's NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "As an aviator, Miles is ideally suited to share in the fun and banter with the auctioneer and audience at the event."

O'Brien spent nearly 17 years at CNN as a correspondent, anchor and producer, covering aviation, space, science and technology. He has worked on five documentaries for PBS on aviation infrastructure and airline safety, and recently pioneered a popular webcast with live coverage of space shuttle launches. O'Brien himself is a third generation general aviation pilot who owns a single-engine airplane.

NBAA's CAN Charity Benefit has proven a highly popular event among Convention-goers in recent years, with a silent auction offering all manner of donated aviation-related books, artwork, memorabilia and other items, and an entertaining live auction featuring several exciting prizes donated for bidding.

All funds raised from both auctions support the Corporate Angel Network, the only charitable organization in the United States dedicated solely to arranging free flights to treatment centers for cancer patients, using available seats on business aircraft. Last year, the benefit's live and silent auctions raised $168,000 to support CAN missions, which ease the financial burden, physical discomfort and emotional stress of travel for cancer patients and their families.

The year's Charity Benefit will take place Wednesday, October 20, during the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010) in Atlanta, GA. O'Brien will be joined for the live auction by Tom "Spanky" Assiter, a nationally recognized auctioneer known for his electric performances and fast-paced delivery in leading bidding competitions for automobiles, antiques and other items.

Following the live auction, the benefit will feature a performance by the chart-topping American rock band Chicago, whose music has been instantly recognizable for decades.