Black Canyon Jet Center along with West Star Aviation out of Grand Junction will be partnering with members of western Colorado’s aviation and veteran’s communities in Montrose, Delta and Grand Junction to support the Colorado Aviation Business Association’s (CABA) second annual Holiday Charity Drive benefitting the state of Colorado’s veterans.
The Colorado Aviation Business Association is collecting toys and nonperishable foods to aid veteran families throughout various communities in the state including Montrose, Delta and Grand Junction. Collection efforts began in October 2012 with donation boxes placed in various airport and business locations statewide and will conclude at the CABA Holiday party at Coors Field in Denver on November 30th. Ensuring timely delivery before the holiday season, CABA has also partnered with the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s (MSUD) Aviation Department Flight Team who has committed volunteer pilots and aircraft. The pilots will fly the food and toy donations to Montrose and other locations including Trinidad and Alamosa in southern Colorado and finally Burlington on the eastern plains. The goal is to have the donated goods “under the tree” by Christmas time, which is not an easy task.
“Collectively, we were able to donate 1,500 pounds of food and toys to veterans last year,” said Scott Dulaney, co-chair for the 2012 event. “Our goal is to double that amount for 2012 and grow the operation to be even more effective for the veterans of Colorado. They are truly the inspiration for us all.”
Founded in 1994, the mission of the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) is to foster and promote aviation and related business throughout Colorado; to collectively address and respond to issues impacting Colorado Airports, including safety and operational effectiveness; to educate the general public about all aviation activities in the state, and to preserve the state’s airport related businesses as valuable economic assets to the community at large.
Black Canyon Jet Center will be hosting a drop location for the donation flights. The aircraft arrival is scheduled at Montrose Regional Airport, general aviation ramp on December 2nd, 2012. Members of Colorado’s Veterans of Foreign Wars will greet the aircraft at each location and help distribute donations to veterans and their families for the holiday season. Representatives from the western slope will receive the goods, which will be sorted for destinations in the Montrose, Delta and Grand Junction areas.
Visitors are coming to the Western Slope of Colorado for business, pleasure and nonprofit purposes. Black Canyon Jet Center manages the fixed-base operations (FBO) for general aviation at the Montrose Regional Airport, providing fuel, aircraft parking and world-class service to residents and visitors alike. For more information, call 970-249-7111 or visit www.blackcanyonjet.com.
For more information and a complete list of donation locations, please visit www.mycaba.org.