Glh Fund To Benefit From Medical Flights

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Native Air, a division of one of the nation’s leading air medical services provider, Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., announced that it has aligned with Payson, Ariz.-based Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund as part of its Flight for a Cause fundraising program, whereby the company supports local charities, affiliates and organizations within the communities it serves. Making it official and putting on the GLH logo are left, Rich Farnham, Omniflight mechanic and John Cole, Manager of Business Development for Omniflight Helicopters, Inc.

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Dazie Dove Haught has her own way of expressing how she feels about the Omniflight announcement as she walks the walk and balances precariously on the curb.

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Jan Parsons, chief operations officer for the GLH Fund, gets an up close and front seat view of one of the Omniflight helicopters as Richard Jones, a pilot originally from Australia, gives her a tour.

The Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund will receive approximately $15,000 in January from Native Air, a division of Omniflight Helicopters, Inc.’s Flight for a Cause fund-raising program.

The Flight for a Cause program was designed for the company to support local charities, affiliates and organizations within the communities it serves.

Under the program with GLH Fund, Native Air will donate $10 for each air medical transport it completes throughout Arizona during the months of October, November and December.

Flights include those flown from all Native Air’s 12 helicopter bases and three airplane locations throughout the state. These bases are located in Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Casa Grande, Buckeye, Lake Havasu, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Show Low, Payson, Globe, Kearny and Deer Valley. Native Air employs about 250 from these locations.

The campaign for the GLH Fund was launched at a reception Thursday, Oct. 1 at Payson Regional Medical Center. Among those participating were Mayor Kenny Evans, Chris Wolf, chief executive officer for PRMC, and Jan Parsons, chief operations officer for the GLH Fund. Rob Campion, director of business development for Omniflight, represented Native Air.

At the event, Campion challenged the community to join the campaign and make the fund-raising thermometers posted around town top out.

The Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund was established in 2005 by Mogollon Health Alliance, a not-for-profit organization whose primary focus is on health education, following a tragic accident in 2004, which took the life of 3-1/2-year-old Gracie Lee Haught.

The fund works in conjunction with Mogollon Health Alliance to provide financial and emotional support to families suffering from the fallout of tragic accidents and unexpected emergency situations and helps those in need during the most difficult of times.

Each case requesting financial and medical assistance from the foundation is reviewed by Mogollon Health Alliance. Additionally, education about safety precautions and related events have become the focus of the organization, including the provision of bike helmets to elementary school children, teaching children life-saving skills and offering car seats to those families that cannot afford to buy them.

“Native Air’s mission each and every day we fly is to provide safe air medical transports. The alignment with the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund is a natural one in that together, we can work to promote the importance of safety and strive to prevent horrific accidents through education and support across local Arizona communities,” said Campion.

Robert A. Peiser, Omniflight chairman and chief executive officer, added, “We are very pleased to forge this new partnership with the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund and Mogollon Health Alliance. Safety is at the forefront of all we do at Omniflight and Native Air. This opportunity affords us the platform to share its importance with and raise awareness among the entire Arizona community through education, support and preventative measures.”

“Gracie still touches so many lives today with the efforts made possible by the success of her memorial fund. Now, with the assistance of and commitment from Native Air, we are able to further spread the safety message as we strive to prevent accidents and come to the aid of those families who struggle to provide critical medical care for their children,” Parsons said.

Wolf said since the creation of the GLH Fund, many good things have happened in the community through the money it has raised through its various events and the many long hours contributed by volunteers to those activities and others affiliated with the fund.

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