The Corporate Angel Network’s (CAN) Fund an Angel Virtual Auction that concluded on Friday raised more than $275,000 through sponsorships, auction items, and donations, the organization announced today. CAN moved its annual fundraiser to an online format due to the Covid-related cancellation of the 2020 NBAA-BACE. The nonprofit group arranges for transportation of cancer patients to treatment centers on business aircraft.
“While we wish we could have been in person this year, we are grateful we could still partner with the business aviation community and generate important funds for our mission,” said CAN chairman Jean Rosanvallon. “The industry has rallied behind CAN’s mission throughout the pandemic and its unwavering support is what helped to make this event a success.”
While Covid-19 has affected CAN’s model, the organization has continued transporting cancer patients to treatment throughout the pandemic. CAN exhausts all resources and alternative options when looking for patient flight matches, it said.
The auction featured a plethora of items, including flight training packages, a beachfront hotel stay, signed golf memorabilia, a trip to Jackson Hole, and one-of-a-kind art pieces. “We can’t say thank you enough to those who contributed to the auction, as well as our hundreds of participating flight departments who support CAN’s mission year-round,” said CAN executive director Gina Russo.
The organization expects to resume its normal format for the 2021 Fund an Angel Cocktail Reception on October 13 in Las Vegas during NBAA-BACE. CAN has flown more than 63,000 patients to treatment since its founding in 1981.