One Of The First Non-Profit Aviation Orgs To Receive The
The Civil Air Patrol is one of the first nonprofit aviation
organizations to receive a $10,000 grant from the Lightspeed
Aviation Foundation's new gift and grant program. Foundation
officials from the aviation headset company in Lake Oswego, OR,
made the contribution to Civil Air Patrol on Saturday, Nov.
13, in Long Beach, CA.
(L-R) Allan Schrader, Lt. Col. Virginia Nelson
Lt. Col. Virginia Nelson of Civil Air Patrol's Pacific Region
accepted the grant on behalf of CAP, which was voted as one of the
top five aviation charitable organizations in America during the
2010 flying season. Twenty aviation charities were nominated as
potential grant recipients, but only the top five organizations -
as chosen by pilots and other aviation enthusiasts from across the
country - earned the foundation's first grants.
"Civil Air Patrol is indeed among the top aviation charitable
organizations in the nation, and on behalf of our 61,000 members
nationwide, I want to extend our collective gratitude to aviators
across America who cast their vote in support of CAP's everyday
heroes," said Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, CAP's national commander.
"This grant will be used by our citizen volunteers to support CAP's
congressionally-chartered aerospace education mission."
According to Allan Schrader, the foundation's founder, "All of
those that were nominated are already doing 'good' for aviation. We
want to come alongside to help build awareness and increase funding
opportunities. And, we want to mobilize the pilot community to
learn more about them and get involved."
The foundation launched the gift and grant program in May
in Lakeland, FL. Since then, more than 20,000 pilots
nationwide cast their "votes" for CAP and the other grant
recipients as the country's top aviation charities, each worthy of
a Lightspeed grant.
Besides CAP, other 2010 grant recipients were Angel Flight
Southeast/Mercy Flight Southeast, JAARS, Mission Aviation
Fellowship and The Ninety-Nines.