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2011 Featured Charity

Annually, the All American Day Charitable Trust selects a single charity to feature in our focused fundraising efforts. This is intended to generate greater awareness of the specific charity's mission and to offer support. The announcement of the Featured Charity occurs every January.

The 2011 Featured Charity was: Honor Flight Network

On its website, the Honor Flight Network references the following Will Rogers' quote that speaks volumes of its mission.

"We can't all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by."

Honor Flight Network Mission (paraphrased): HFN pays tribute to our heroes (veterans) by providing guided transport at no cost to the veterans to THEIR memorials in Washington, D.C. Given priority are the most senior veterans and those with terminal illness.

What Resonated with All American Day Charitable Trust:

  • Honor Flight Network's Mission - It falls directly in line with the AADCT mission to Inspire and Appreciate. Watch some of the videos on the website and prepare yourself for goose-bumps.
  • Time Urgency - Honor Flight Tri-State (hub in the greater Cincinnati area) references a stat in their most recent pamphlet that ~1200 WWII veterans die each day. We are running out of time to show our gratitude to those who have given so much. We need to act now.
  • Continued Need - Korean, Vietnam, and terminally ill veterans are also targeted by the Honor Flight Network. The need goes on and our support is required.
  • Financials - The charity prides itself on transparency. Since the charity's inception, no veteran has paid a dime. Consider that, in 2009, HFN transported nearly 36000 vets to DC to show OUR appreciation.

Our Featured Charity Impact: We fell short of our 2011 stretch goal of donating $15k. However, it's important to note that success cannot just be measured in the amount that we give (although our donation was significant!). We are confident that we had a strongly positive impact on this cause. We plan on continuing that relationship going forward. Our 2011 successes include:

- Donation: We presented a $4000 donation from the Trust (thanks to you!) to Andrew Schiavello of Honor Flight Network's Philadelphia Hub. This donation will allow the Philadelphia Hub to escort 15-20 deserving vets to Washington, DC in 2012. Pictured Below: Andrew Schiavello of Honor Flight Network Philadelphia (Right) accepts the donation from Trustee Mark Fleming.

- Involvement: One of our Trustees participated in 2011 as a Guardian (see A Featured Experience). In addition, four event attendees have taken the first steps to participate as Guardians in 2012. We encourage you to apply by visiting What a wonderful opportunity to thank our vets?! Finally,

- Exposure: Through our fundraising events (For example, 65 people attended All American Day.), newsletters, and other marketing activity, it is safe to say that the Trust brought great exposure to the urgent mission of Honor Flight Network. It is worthy of our support.


Note: All American Day Charitable Trust is not affiliated with Honor Flight Network or any of its subsidiary hubs.