The Payson Hot Wings Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA Chapter 810) donated the proceeds from its AeroFair charity air-lifts to four Rim Country non-profits — The Community Food Bank at the Presbyterian Church, the Returning Combat Veterans Program at the Merritt Center, the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, and the Humane Society of Central Arizona.
Each year the Aero Fair happens, the group of plane owners makes a contribution to Rim Country charities.
This year, the 35 members of the EAA Chapter 810 nominated charities to receive a donation from the $3,000 in net revenue from the air-lifts.
“This year at Aero Fair we flew 121 passengers with approximately 26 percent of them from outside of the area,” said president and treasurer Robert Henley.
He said the membership voted to give the four non-profits $750 each.
Accepting the donations for their charities were, Betty Merritt, President of the Returning Combat Vets program of the Merritt Center, volunteer Marie Fasano also attended. The non-profit has a four-weekend program that empowers and renews veterans coming back from combat.
“It helps them to release trauma,” said Merritt.
Adolfo Burciaga and Jim Bridges, each co-presidents of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, accepted the gift for their organization.
Rev. Charles Proudfoot and Richard Crowe represented the Community Food Bank at the Presbyterian Church.
Humane Society of Central Arizona Executive Director Sarah Hock represented her organization.