“The NBAA and its members join with the rest of America in expressing our sorrow and concern for the people affected by this terrible tragedy,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “It is unfortunate that we have no choice but to move our convention. However, we look forward to returning to New Orleans when the city is again ready to accommodate our event.”
When NBAA announced on August 31 that it would need to find a new venue for the convention, it also said it would donate a portion of the proceeds from the convention to a hurricane relief charity organization in New Orleans and give convention exhibitors and attendees an opportunity to contribute to a designated charity.
“The convention has always been important in generating the revenue that helps keep association membership costs low,” Bolen said. “This year it will also help the association and its members raise much-needed financial assistance for the citizens of New Orleans.”
NBAA has decided that the proceeds from the NBAA 9th Annual Chairman’s Charity Classic Golf Tournament will benefit Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. It will be held November 7 at Champions Gate Golf Resort in Champions Gate, Fla. Last year the event raised $55,000.