Contact: Victoria B. Moreland, Director/Communications & Marketing
Contact: Mary Wozniak,
Harry Chapin Food Bank,
239-334-7007, ext. 150;
JOIN US FOR AVIATION DAY THIS SATURDAY
- DONATE A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM -
Aviation Day 2015 will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 at Page Field from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission and parking. Aviation Day is an annual community event hosted by the Lee County Port Authority with the purpose of increasing community awareness of our airports. The event is held on the ramp on the north side of Page Field off North Airport Road, east of U.S. 41 and south of Colonial Blvd. Parking is available off North Airport Road and U.S. 41 with complimentary shuttle bus transportation to the event.
We are asking those coming to Aviation Day 2015 to help our local community by bringing a non-perishable food item to benefit The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.
There will be four featured aircraft at this year’s event - a Douglas SBD-5 and a North American B-25J Mitchell, sponsored by Chris-Tel Construction; a Douglas C-47 Skytrain, sponsored by Owen-Ames-Kimball Company; and a Douglas DC-3, sponsored by AECOM. The SBD-5 “Dauntless”, B-25J Mitchell “Killer B” and C-47 Skytrain are vintage World War II aircraft. The DC-3 Flagship Detroit served as an American Airlines passenger plane and is the second oldest flying DC-3 in the world.
In addition, there will be free children’s activities, including slides, bounce houses, clowns and face painting, sponsored by Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. There will be a special appearance by Barrington Irving, the first African-American and one of the youngest people in the world to fly solo around the world. Other attractions will include antique, experimental and general aviation aircraft, airplane and helicopter rides (for a fee), movie showings of Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” airport police and fire department demonstrations, aviation-themed shopping, food and more.
Additional Aviation Day 2015 sponsors are: Bob FM 102.9, Gator Country 101.9, Mix 104.7; Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake, Cohen & Cohen Catering, Inc., Cooper Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Hertz, HMSHost, Hole Montes, Inc., RS&H, SP+ Airport Services; Carter-Pritchett Advertising, Inc., Costco Wholesale, Creative Events & Rentals, Culver’s of Fort Myers S. Cleveland Ave., Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Passarella & Associates, Inc.; AAA Auto Club South, JetBlue Airways, Johnson Engineering, Marina Mike’s, Miromar Outlets, Paradies and Waste Pro.
Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.9 million passengers in 2014 and is one of the top 50 U.S airports for passenger traffic. Page Field serves general and business aviation with more than 94,000 aircraft operations annually. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction at either airport. For more information, visit www.flylcpa.com or Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flyRSW.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank provides food each month to more than 30,000 people through a network of 150 partner agencies that run soup kitchens, pantries and other programs in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte and Collier counties. More than 1 million pounds of food are distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank monthly. For each donated dollar, the food bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items
Last fiscal year, the food bank distributed 18.4 million pounds of food and other grocery items, valued at $31.3 million. This was the equivalent of 15.3 million meals.
For additional information about the food bank or how to contribute financially, call 239-334-7007 or visit www.harrychapinfoodbank.org/donate.