Schedulers & Dispatchers Charity Helps Local Community

 - January 22, 2013, 3:30 PM

For the third year in a row, NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers committee is sponsoring “Pay It Forward,” a charity drive centered around the annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which is taking place this week in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees were asked to bring gently used business attire to the show, which will then be donated to this year’s charity, Dress for Success San Antonio.

The clothing will be distributed to disadvantaged local women to promote “economic security and self sufficiency through job preparation and career development programs.” Typically the donated attire is worn for job interviews. Begun in 2011 at the conference in Savannah, the initial drive accumulated 74 clothing items. That number more than doubled last year in San Diego, and clothing drive organizer Debbi Laux expects this year’s tally to rise even higher given the publicity this year’s effort has received through various social media platforms.

“The idea was if everybody could bring just one piece of clothing, it would make a tremendous difference in the lives of many,” said Laux, who is MedAire’s director of trade relations and sales support. “One way or another it shows that the scheduling and dispatching community is just an outstanding group that is generous and willing to help those a little less fortunate than themselves.”

Industry members who could not attend the show can also make financial donations via the Dress for Success San Antonio website (specify “Pay It Forward” in the “designation” box in the online donation form). Petroleum company and NBAA member Vallero, which is based in San Antonio, recently donated $1 million to the charity to support its efforts in securing a new building.


I have a friend, Max, who was hospitalized at Yuma Regional Med Center on January 1st with pnuemonia, a heart attack and a major stroke. Last week a CT scan revealed cancer of his kidney. Max and his wife, Penny, have a small home in Yuma where they spend the winter months. Their main residence is in Sacramento, California, where Max is a retired Lieutenant with the Sacramento Sheriff's Dept. Max has an insurance policy that will pay for him to get back to Sacramento and for hospice to set up a hospital bed in his home. They will also make sure his truck & 5th wheel gets transported home and they will fly Penny home. But Max's doctor says he is too critical to be transported that far in an ambulance and say he can only get home safely in an air ambulance. His insurance cannot pay for that cost. The Sacramento Sheriff's Dept has an emergency fund for retired officers, but it too, cannot pay for that kind of costly transport. Max gave 30 years of his life, putting his own safety at risk, to protect the safety of other's. After his first wife died suddenly, he raised his 3 kids, and also the 3 kids of his second (and current wife) Penny. He needs to be home and spend this last stage of his life surrounded by his kids and grandkids and friends. There has been a hospital bed set up in his home Sacramento and hospice care set up to care for him when he can safely get home. If you can provide Max with the help he needs to obtain an air ambulance to get him home it would be so greatly appreciated by so many people. You can contact discharge planning at Yuma Regional Medical Center. A message phone in Yuma is: Linda or Ken Martin (360) 461-3240.
Many Thanks,
Kari Martin
(360) 460-5511

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