Angel Flight West Arranges No-Cost Air Transport to Catalina Island for Participants in Casa Colina Rehab Center's Therapeutic Recreation and Outdoors Adventures Program

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Angel Flight West is offering members of the media an opportunity to fly to Catalina Island to see the cooperative effort between the volunteer pilot organization and the Casa Colina Rehabilitation Center's Therapeutic Recreation and Outdoors Adventures program firsthand on Sunday April 21. Fly-along opportunity is available on a limited basis.

WHAT:     
Angel Flight West, the largest volunteer pilot nonprofit organization in the world, is arranging free air transportation for participants in Casa Colina Rehabilitation Center’s Therapeutic Recreation and Outdoor Adventures. Casa Colina’s program focuses on empowering people with disabilities, many of whom have sustained traumatic brain injuries. The ten participants will depart from Pomona, Calif., and will spend the weekend with the Catalina Island Conservancy, collecting seeds in Skull Canyon.

WHO:    
Credentialed media may fly along with AFW volunteer pilots to transport participants back to Brackett Airport. Media must be credentialed and will be requested to show identification for security clearance. This opportunity is available on a limited basis.

Casa Colina and Angel Flight West have cooperated together on these flights for nearly fifteen years. Additionally, AFW has arranged flights to Kern River for white water rafting and to Lake Powell for houseboat trips for people with disabilities. By creating opportunities through challenging and exciting activities and by focusing on abilities, not disabilities, the program enables its members to experience success both physically and emotionally. For information on Casa Colina’s Outdoor Adventures Program, please contact Priti Vaidya at (909) 596-7733 ext. 4131 or pvaidya(at)casacolina(dot)org.

WHEN:    
Sunday April 21 at 11:00 a.m. Return flights will depart from the Catalina Airport (AVX) starting at 1:00 p.m. and return to Brackett beginning at about 1:45 p.m. Contact Josh Olson at (310)390-2958 or josho(at)angelflightwest(dot)org before 4:30 PM Friday April 19 for details.

WHERE:    
Flights will depart to Catalina from an L.A. basin airport, and will return to Brackett Airport (POC). Media who fly along will be flown back to original departure location.

RSVP:    
To make arrangements, please contact Josh Olson at (310)390-2958 or josho(at)angelflightwest(dot)org before 4:30 PM Friday April 19. Camera equipment must be limited to small hand held units.

Angel Flight West is the largest volunteer air transportation nonprofit organization in the world. Together with our partner organizations, Angel Flight West represents over 90 percent of all charitable aviation flights in America. Nearly 40 percent of the missions are for children and 60 percent for adults with hundreds of different illnesses and needs. Angel Flight West missions are coordinated from the office headquarters in Santa Monica and serve the 13 western states, including Alaska and Hawaii. People interested in learning more about Angel Flight West may visit http://www.angelflightwest.org or call (888) 4-An Angel [(888) 426-2643].

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Cheri Cimmarrusti, Associate Executive Director
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