AFW at the Reno Air Races!!

For many years, the Nevada Wing, led by Tom Porta, has been a fixture at the Races by hosting an information booth benefiting Angel Flight West. And, Barb Ausherman, and Dave & Sandy Norton have been supporting our cause by volunteering every year. Pictured are Barb, Dave and Sandy standing in front of Sandy’s hand made airplane quilt. Some lucky winner will take this quilt home on Sunday!

A big shout out to volunteers Tom, Barb and Tel Paris for organizing our booth and to Dave and Sandy for their time and generosity!

Breaking News: 2017 Sketchers Performance LA Marathon + AFW

We are thrilled to announce that Angel Flight West has been selected as an Official Charity Partner of the Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon for 2017! This program offers nonprofits the chance to increase awareness, raise funds and engage supporters.

For our first year, we decided to recruit participants for the LA Big 5K which takes place the day before the LA Marathon. What do we need from you? Only $40 to register and $350 in funds raised to enjoy a day of fun and giving back.

We are only 7 months away and time will pass quickly – so dust off your running shoes, get into shape and begin recruiting friends and family for a terrific AFW team building experience. All the funds raised will go towards increasing the number of missions that AFW provides.

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM Race Start
Place: Dodger Stadium
Registration information is forthcoming. Please place this event on your calendars!

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AFW Golf Event: Fun in the sun on October 21!

Few golf experiences can match those at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point. This par-70 championship course offers an unending variety of play plus commanding sweeping views to the sea.

Join us on Friday, October 21, for a day of golf and late afternoon/evening of celebration. Be an angel and become a sponsor, a golfer or donate to our auction, the proceeds of which will enable us to increase our missions and people supported.

For more information on how you can be a part of this memorable event, see this flyer.

Angel Flight West SoCal Fly-In

The Annual SoCal Fly-In on July 16 at McClellan Palomar Airport (Carlsbad) was a huge success! Over 40 AFW volunteers, pilots and soon to be pilot members, and staff attended to network and learn more about Angel Flight West. A highlight of the meeting/luncheon included passenger Santiago and his mom Irma’s testimonials, which aired on the Saturday CBS Channel 8 news. (See:  http://www.cbs8.com/story/32462074/pilots-recognized-for-work-with-angel-flight-west

At the end of the day, pilots were recruited and excitement was created about the current AFW Camp Season and upcoming Golf Fundraiser on October 21 in Dana Point.  Photos include:  Vince, SoCal Wing Leader, plus Rock and Genevieve Lavin, who planned the event. The other photo: Ivan Martinez, AFW Mission Operations with Irma and Santiago, and the pilots who flew them from San Diego, James Dell and Walt Harrison.

 

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Angel Flight West has a new, fabulous partner!

Angel Flight West is pleased to be partnering with Optima Publications, publishers of the best-selling Pilots Guide VFR Airport Information Guides.  For a limited time, members of AFW can purchase any of the popular Pilots Guides direct from Optima and save 10% off the retail price. In addition, AFW will earn 20% of each purchase! Pilots Guides are now exclusively in digital format, with Data Plans available for the Apple iPad and iPhone, and a new PDF Edition for any internet-connected computer device.

To take advantage of this opportunity go to: www.pilotsguide.com/afw. Be sure enter Promo Code “AFW2016” during checkout.

Donate $1 a mile – let’s get the kids to Camp this summer!

Pilot Neal Dillman is flying Jose C. and Elias A. 186 miles to Champ Camp, a special camp for kids who are burn survivors. Over 500 AFW flights take place each summer, transporting children to camps like Camp Kindle (affected by HIV/AIDS) and The Painted Turtle (serious medical conditions). You can enable a child to spend some fun, quality time with children like themselves. No amount is too little! Click onto: https://afids.angelflightwest.org/give. Please make a note that this is a tribute gift for camps. We thank you and so do these kids!

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Painted Turtle Camper

Angel Flight West is the official airline for The Painted Turtle Camps where children with serious medical conditions celebrate just being kids! Through innovative, camp-based programs that offer a great big dose of fun and support, children with more than 70 medical conditions visit the camps each year, reclaiming the joys of childhood. Valerie H. attended the Painted Turtle camp recently and was flown home by pilot Harmik DerSahakian.

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Champ Camp!

AFW’s Josh and Isabel greeted 29 campers (all burn survivors) and 21 pilots last Saturday, 6/18 at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT). Campers were returning home from a week long summer Champ Camp run by the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. AFW has been flying campers to and from Champ Camp for over 20 years. Pictured is 18 year old Anthony M and Pilot Dave Lombard who has flown for AFW for 13 years and especially likes the camp missions.

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UPDATE! AFW: Toys for Tots!

Pilot Luis Perez and his 50 furry passengers wait for the weather to break in San Diego during Memorial Day weekend as the group is making their way to AFW office at Santa Monica airport. The  toys will be gifts provided to our littlest passengers during missions. A huge thanks to Pilot Perez for his time and fuel for the plane,  the Literacy First Charter School 7th grade class of El Cajon for collecting the toys and Cartwright Termite & Pest Control for donating the use of the plane. What a team effort!

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50+ furry friends delivered to AFW on June 2, 2016. Thank you pilot Luis Perez and Team!!

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