Tue, Sep 15, 2009
Award Presented In Washington, D.C.
For "representing the best of the
aviation industry by bringing together corporate America as a
lifeline for citizens battling cancer," Corporate Angel Network has
received the 2009 Public Benefit Flying Award from The National
Aeronautic Association in partnership with Air Care Alliance.
The Public Benefit Flying award, created to honor volunteers and
organizations engaged in flying to help others, was presented on
September 10 in the Lyndon B. Johnson room of the U.S. Senate.
"It began in 1981 with a dream," said NAA's President Jonathan
Gaffney while presenting the award. "Use empty seats on
routine corporate flights to transport cancer patients to treatment
across the country. The dream became reality.
"With more than 500 corporate participants contributing more
than 25,000 flights (since its inception in 1981, ed.) ...
Corporate Angel Network has marked nearly three decades as an
aviation lifeline to treatment that eases the physical discomfort,
emotional stress and financial burden of travel to treatment for
cancer patients," Gaffney said.
In accepting the award, Corporate Angel Network's Executive
Director Peter Fleiss said, "this honor is a significant tribute to
our many supporters. It's because of the continued support of
business aviation, and the aviation community as a whole, that CAN
has been able to help so many."
The National Aeronautic Association is a non-profit membership
organization devoted to promoting public understanding of the
importance to the United States of aviation and space flight. NAA
is the caretaker of several major aviation awards, and certifies
all world and national aviation records set in the United
The Air Care Alliance is a nonprofit public service organization
supporting the work of dozens of volunteer-based charitable
organizations whose members fly to help others.
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