Whirly-Girls, International has been nominated as one of 15 charities selected to benefit from grants available through the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation’s Pilot’s Choice Awards program.
Finalists will receive awards depending on their final vote ranking, up to $10,000. Voting is open online at www.LightspeedAviationFoundation.org. Vote ranking will be published regularly on the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Facebook page with the final award announcement coming in November 2014.
Winning a grant would enable the Whirly-Girls to offer additional helicopter training scholarships, helping to advance women in the helicopter industry.
“The opportunity that Lightspeed has provided to the Whirly-Girls organization for our mission to educate helicopter pilots is tremendous. With a history of nearly 60 years, this grant would be a monumental push benefitting our future,” said Dianna Stanger, Whirly-Girls president.
“The Pilot’s Choice Awards promotes engagement and awareness for our finalists to pilots and their constituents affected by general aviation,” said Allan Schrader, Lightspeed Aviation president, in a press release announcing the nominees. “By encouraging outreach by our finalists, we have witnessed hundreds of thousands of lives touched through aviation. We’re excited about the impact each of these organizations are having in their areas of service.”
About Whirly-Girls International
Whirly-Girls International is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation, founded in 1955 by Jean Ross Howard Phelan, (WG #13). In hopes of developing an organization where female pilots could share information and camaraderie, she was one of 13 charter members representing women helicopter pilots from France, Germany, and the United States. Today there are more than 1,800 registered members representing 43 countries.
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