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Thu, Oct 27, 2011

Carrington Charitable Foundation Raises $350,000 For VAC

Proceeds Will Be Used By The Veterans Airlift Command To Provide Administrative Support And Awareness Of The Transportation Services

The Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF) announced today that its Inaugural Golf Classic was a tremendous success, raising $350,000 to benefit the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC). Funds raised through this event will support the administrative functions required to coordinate the efforts of the VAC volunteer pilot network, which includes arranging free air transportation for Veterans of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) for medical and other compassionate purposes. 

The VAC aids wounded warriors dealing with devastating injuries and long-term hospitalization in facilities that may be hundreds of miles away from their families, by providing free air transportation, donated by a national network of private aircraft owners, for the Veterans and their families.

"This event was truly a milestone for the VAC," said Walt Fricke, Founder/AirBoss of the Veterans Airlift Command. "The partnership with the Carrington Charitable Foundation brought a whole new group of friends together, allowing them to see and hear first-hand how extraordinarily difficult routine air transportation can be for wounded warriors, and what a wonderful experience these Veterans and their families have when they are instead transported in private aircraft. Without the financial support like that of the sponsors and attendees of this event, the Veterans Airlift Command could not exist."

Carrington Holding Company, through its subsidiary Peregrine Jet, has been donating flights to the VAC for the past four years, contributing flight services, fuel, insurance and crew. Eager to further support the VAC in its mission to connect Veterans and their families, the Carrington Charitable Foundation chose to hold its Inaugural Golf Classic to raise funds for the organization. Over 97% of total in-kind donations and funds raised by the VAC throughout the year go directly to the cause -- only 2.66% are used for administrative purposes.

"This event was a life changing experience for our employees and guests who had the opportunity to hear the stories of our injured Veterans and interact with them throughout the weekend," said Bruce Rose, CEO and Founder of Carrington Holding Company. "We believe very strongly in the Veterans Airlift Command and the work they do to unite troops with their families, and are pleased that our golf tournament could raise awareness for the VAC mission and provide funds to further the crucial work they are doing for our wounded warriors."

Over 100 companies and individuals participated as event sponsors, with major corporate sponsorship from Carrington Holding Company, Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate, Telsi Escrow Inc., and Clear Capital.

FMI: www.carringtoncf.com, www.veteransairlift.org

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