Native Air’s “Flight for a Cause” donates $15K to River Cities United Way

Native Air’s “Flight for a Cause” donates $15K to River Cities United Way

28-Nov-2010 Source: Native Air

Native Air, a division of Omniflight Helicopters, a leading national provider of air medical services, has donated more than $15,000 to River Cities United Way. The donation, part of Native Air’s Flight for a Cause fund-raising program, supports local charities and community organizations within the communities it serves.

The donation was based on the number of Native Air’s air medical transport services flights in 2010, originating from its 21 bases located throughout Arizona. The bases are located in Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Casa Grande, Parker, Lake Havasu, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Show Low, Payson, Globe, Kearny, Deer Valley, Whiteriver, and Springerville.

Havasu Regional Medical Center, which works closely with Native Air, selected the recipient of the Flight for a Cause donation. The check for more than $15,000 was presented by John Cole, director of business development of Native Air to Gene Apedaile, president River Cities United Way earlier this month.

“Native Air’s gift accounts for nearly four percent of our fund-raising goal for the upcoming year,” said Gene Apedaile, president/CEO of River Cities United Way. “This donation will provide much needed funding for programs such as Meals on Wheels, the community food bank, homeless transitional housing, youth programs, and Special Olympics, to name a few.”

Sandra Podley, CEO of Havasu Regional Medical Center, thanked Native Air for giving the center the opportunity to choose River Cities United Way as the recipient of the Flight for a Cause funds. Native Air’s donation represents hundreds of lifesaving flights, ranging from the transport of injured people from emergency scenes to the transfer of patients from one medical facility to another.

Other charities that have benefited from Native Air’s Flight for the Cause benevolence include the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund and the Phoenix affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

About Native Air
Native Air is a division of Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., a leading provider of air medical services throughout the U.S. Native Air serves Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of west Texas, where it operates 21 helicopter bases and seven fixed wing air bases and employs more than 200 highly-trained medical and emergency response professionals. For more information, visit

Native Air’s parent company, Omniflight Helicopters, operates approximately 100 aircraft nationally under various brand names, from bases in 18 states, with a strong presence across the Southwest, Midwest, and Southeast regions, as well as certain Mountain state areas. Its focus is primarily on inter-facility and on-site emergency scene response using both rotor- and fixed wing aircraft. For more information, visit

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