EAA Chapter 44 a Top 10 Finalist for Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Award
October 18, 2012 - With about two weeks left in the online balloting, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the current top 10 charity finalists that may receive Pilot's Choice Awards grants to be awarded this year, and for the second year in a row EAA Chapter 44 of Brockport, New York, is among the finalists.
The top five charities receiving the most votes from the aviation community will each receive $10,000 from the foundations, and EAA members can help by casting a vote for Chapter 44 by the November 2 voting deadline.
This is the third year the foundation is partnering with the pilot community to identify worthy causes and give pilots a voice in who they support to make a lasting difference. Lightspeed Aviation and the Foundation have donated more than $250,000 in the past two years, impacting tens of thousands of lives around the world.
Last year, Chapter 44 dedicated its Sport Aviation Center located at Ledgedale Airport (7G0) on the outskirts of Brockport. The Center is the operation base for many of the chapter's programs benefiting pilots, non-pilots, GA, aviation safety, adults, and children. EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower conducted a Grassroots Pilot Tour at the dedication.
Other organizations in the top ten include Air Charity Network, Bahamas Habitat, Civil Air Patrol, Hope Air, JAARS, Mission Aviation Fellowship, The Ninety-Nines, Recreational Aviation Foundation, and Wings of Hope. The top five will be announced via the website on Friday, November, 9.
Another award, the Customer Choice Awards, will be determined by Lightspeed Aviation customers with the top 20 customer choice vote recipients each receiving cash awards of no less than $1,000, and the top five receiving checks of $5,000 each. This voting will continue through March 2013.