Industry Golf Outing Helps To Keep CAN Flying

 - July 1, 2009, 6:07 AM

This year’s Greater Washington Aviation Open raised $95,000 for the Corporate Angel Network, the White Plains, N.Y.-based charity that puts cancer patients in unoccupied seats on corporate aircraft for free transportation to and from treatment facilities.

Originally scheduled for May 4 but postponed because of weather, the event instead took place on June 8 at the Landsdowne Resort near Washington, D.C. In its 21 years, the GWAO has contributed nearly $1.35 million to the non-profit organization.

This year’s honorary chairman, FlightSafety International president and CEO Bruce Whitman, said the annual outing serves two purposes. “The first, of course, is to further the work of Corporate Angel Network, which offers an incredible service to cancer patients who frequently do not have adequate health or sufficient resources to travel by commercial air, often multiple times, for treatment. The second,” Whitman continued, “is to express, in a concrete way, the industry’s appreciation to CAN for demonstrating that business aviation can be a huge force for good by using its corporate jets in the public interest.”