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NBAA2010 Charity Events Raise Money for People in Need
Atlanta, GA, October 18, 2010 &ndash As the premier event for buyers and sellers in the business aviation marketplace, NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention offers a wealth of networking opportunities and education sessions, but it’s also a major opportunity for the industry to come together in support of people in need.
"The men and women of the business aviation industry come together all the time to help citizens, communities – even countries – in need," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "At NBAA’s Convention, with the whole business aviation community gathered in one place, we can make a real difference."
The events of NBAA2010 began on Sunday, October 17 with the NBAA 14th Annual Chairman’s Charity Classic Golf Tournament and a community enhancement project at the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club near Peachtree Dekalb Airport (PDK), where the Static Display of Aircraft will be held.
More than 100 Attendees registered for this year’s golf classic, and all proceeds from the tournament will be donated to NBAA Charities, which benefits philanthropic organizations and initiatives that use general aviation airplanes for humanitarian purposes, including the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), Air Charity Network and Veterans Air Command.
Meanwhile, at the community enhancement project, hundreds of NBAA2010 Attendees and local volunteers renovated the playground and athletic facilities of the Boys & Girls Club in a single day. Area youths will be introduced to the new facilities for the first time on Monday afternoon, October 18.
In addition, CAN will again be the sole beneficiary of this year’s NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit featuring Live and Silent Auctions, to be held the evening of Wednesday, October 20. "At last year’s Charity Benefit, we raised more than three times the funds we had hoped for," said CAN executive director Peter H. Fleiss. "With that support, we’re on target to fly 3,000 patients to treatment centers this year, the most we’ve ever flown."
Fleiss notes that CAN – which flies cancer patients to treatment centers for free using empty seats on business aircraft – relies on the annual Charity Benefit not just for financial support, but for recruiting new partners as well.
"We had a lot of companies sign up after last year’s benefit, almost all of them NBAA Members," said Fleiss. "Because of that, even in this difficult economic climate, we’re able to fly about 35 percent more patients per month than we were last year." Still, Fleiss emphasizes that the industry’s support at this year’s event is absolutely essential.
"In spite of the increase in patient flights over the years, we’re still only able to match half of the patients who register with flights," said Fleiss. "Being able to match patients is so fulfilling, to us, to the flight departments who make the trips possible and to the business passengers that fly with the patients. Our proudest moments are when we hear from a patient we’ve flown to a distant treatment center over several months and they say they’re cancer free. That’s why we do this."