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Fort Worth Airpower Foundation Donates $100,000 From Sky Ball VI to Help Families of Fallen Military

Entertainer Tony Orlando to Headline Sky Ball VII in October

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fort Worth Airpower Foundation (FWAPF) has donated $100,000 to Snowball Express, a volunteer organization that benefits the children and spouses of fallen military heroes. The check was presented today by Mike Snyder, FWAPF Chairman, along with Captain Steve Blankenship, Director-Veterans Initiatives for American Airlines, to Snowball Express Chairman Roy White, in a brief ceremony at American Airlines headquarters.

As the official airline of Snowball Express, American Airlines provides air transportation for this annual event, which offers a fun and memorable trip for nearly 2,000 participants. Many American Airlines and American Eagle employees volunteer their time to staff and assist with the activities.

"This is truly an honor for Snowball Express to receive such a significant donation from the Fort Worth Airpower Foundation, especially in these trying economic times," said White. "The corporate citizenship shown by American Airlines in teaming with the Fort Worth Airpower Foundation to help our children sets an example for other corporations to follow."

"The immense and unselfish effort of hundreds of American Airlines employees who volunteer their time to bring hope and joy to our military and their families is truly inspiring," added John Kinnear, FWAPF Director of Communications. "The American Airlines team epitomizes what it means to be American."

The donation came from proceeds of last year's Sky Ball VI, an annual fundraiser hosted by American Airlines and the FWAPF to support the families of military personnel and benefit the families of deployed reservists and Guardsmen. In 2008, more than 600 American Airlines and American Eagle employee volunteers helped to organize and host the event.

The featured entertainer at this year's Sky Ball VII gala, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, at American's Alliance Airport (AFW) maintenance hangar, will be singer Tony Orlando, universally known for his anthem of hope and reunion, Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree.

"I am honored and privileged to have been asked to be the headliner of this year's Sky Ball event, and I am thrilled that the yellow ribbon symbol will represent this year's efforts on behalf of veterans," Orlando said. "My continuing relationship with American Airlines is one of the most rewarding I have ever experienced. Whether it be the trip to entertain troops in Iraq, Snowball Express or the Road to Recovery, American Airlines continues to give back to those who serve on behalf of all Americans."

Sponsorships, tables and raffle tickets are available now for Sky Ball VII. Additional information can be found at www.fwapf.org/skyball.

About the Fort Worth Airpower Foundation

The foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3), established in 1958 and one of our nation's oldest military support organizations, is an associate entity of the Fort Worth Airpower Council, which is pledged to support the families of U.S. military troops, deployed in all efforts to protect and promote freedom. Specifically, the Foundation is committed to supporting the families of the men and women serving our country while stationed at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, recognizing and honoring the NAS-JRB's importance to the community.

About Snowball Express

The mission of Snowball Express, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is to provide hope and new memories for the children of fallen military heroes who have died in active duty since 9/11. Since 2006, Snowball Express has hosted an annual event that brings children of fallen military heroes together for a few days of fun. In 2007, nearly 800 children and more than 300 surviving spouses attended the annual Snowball Express event. Snowball Express has no paid staff. It has approximately 25 volunteers who work year round on the "main event." Ninety-seven percent of all collected cash donations go directly to the event. When in-kind donations of more than $3 million are included, the total percentage of funds expended for fundraising and general administrative costs is less than one percent. www.snowballexpress.org

SOURCE: Fort Worth Airpower Foundation

Web site: http://www.fwapc.org/
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