Dear Wings of Hope Family,
As I was previewing this newsletter, I was struck by all the different people who have had a hand in carrying forward our mission during the last few months – from long-time volunteers, to major world figures. It really does take a illage. We are a world community and our mission plays out every day on a global stage. From each turn of a wrench inside our hangar to every safe landing on a remote airstrip, heroes all around the world are saving and changing lives through aviation.
In this issue, you will read about some of those heroes. You will celebrate with Gene Pfautsch as the recipient of the National Aeronautic Association’s Public Benefit Flying Distinguished Volunteer Award for volunteer service … 32 consecutive years and counting! You will meet new members of our Wings of Hope family both here and abroad. You will learn about our endowment campaign to pave the way for the long-term growth and success of our Medical Relief & Air Transport (MAT) program under the leadership of Kelli Fabick, Don Kukla and Senator Elizabeth Dole. You will read about how the U.S. Navy Blue Angels visited our headquarters and inspired more than 150 area school children.
You are also a hero. Through your support and involvement, you save and change lives through the power of aviation. Thank you for the important part you play on our global stage.
President & CEO