Aviation Industry Event Raises $95,000 For CAN
The Greater Washington Aviation Open, a charity golf event held
Monday, May 24 at Lansdowne Resort near Washington, DC, raised
$95,000 to benefit Corporate Angel Network, the nonprofit
organization that arranges free flights to treatment for cancer
patients using empty seats on business flights.
Senior aviation leaders from numerous associations, airlines,
aircraft manufacturers, and a broad range of aviation companies
were represented at the event. The GWAO is the largest
aviation charity event in the Washington, DC area.
In its 22 years, the GWAO has contributed more than $1.5 million
to support the charitable work of Corporate Angel Network.
Clay Jones, Honorary Chairman of this year's event and Chairman,
President, and CEO of Rockwell Collins said the tournament served
two important purposes.
"The most important outcome of the tournament is the much needed
support it provides for the Corporate Angel Network, an
organization that offers a tremendous service to cancer patients
needing to fly for life-prolonging treatment," he said.
"Secondly, this event is an expression of our industry's
appreciation to the Corporate Angel Network for demonstrating the
important - even lifesaving -- role that business aviation can play
in our society."
Peter Fleiss, Executive Director of CAN, said that continued
contributions by the GWAO and aviation community make it possible
for the organization to expand its programs and build further
awareness of the public service contribution of business
aviation. "The effort put in by the GWAO Tournament Committee
for an incredible 22 years now makes an important contribution to
our operation and the patients we serve," he said.
Paul Bollinger, Tournament Director of the GWAO, said he was
heartened by the turnout. "Given the state of the economy,
the aviation community really put its heart on the line by coming
out in such great numbers to support the GWAO," he said. "The
success of the GWAO is a testimony to the industry's tremendous
support for the important work performed by the Corporate Angel
Network on behalf of cancer patients all across the country."