Fly-In Drive-In Breakfast!
May 27 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
23rd Annual Community Aviation Day & Fly-In-Drive-In Breakfast At The Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport
MT. POCONO, PA (May 27, 2018) – The Mt. Pocono Rotary will sponsor its 23rd Annual Community Aviation Day Fly-In Drive-In Breakfast on Sunday, May 27 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm with this year’s proceeds benefitting Mt. Pocono Rotary, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe County and Family Promise of Monroe County. For the past 23 years, the event has been held rain or shine at Pocono Mountains Airport on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. Mark Turner, Event Chair, comments, “Each year we try to add to the day’s events that include the pancake breakfast, airplane and helicopter rides, children’s activities and military, public safety and car displays. We also have a parachute jump that follows our tribute to Veterans.”
Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 12 and under. The day’s activities include free airplane rides for children ages 8-17 donated by the Young Eagles EAA program, the presenting of the Colors and American flag parachute demonstration, aircraft, antique cars and military equipment displays, the Pocono Raceway pace car, children’s activities and a Memorial Day Ceremony. Parking is free.
Turner continues, “This event was created over 22 years ago to give people the chance to come to the airport, see the airplanes, experience helicopter and airplane rides, and generally find out about how to get youth involved with aviation. It has grown to be one of the Mt. Pocono Rotary’s largest annual fundraisers with over $160,000 raised that has been distributed to non-profit and deserving causes throughout the community. This year a portion of proceeds will benefit two local charities.
Family Promise of Monroe County provides shelter and basic needs to low income homeless and at risk families with children. More than 14% of the population of Monroe County lives below the poverty level and more than 40% of the homeless population in Monroe County consists of families with children (2010 US Census). In addition to shelter, meals and support services, Family Promise offers housing assistance to qualified families with children, providing a safety net for families that work but have seen a change in employment, decrease in hours working, a medical event or unforeseen transportation repair, impacting their income steam. In 2017, Family Promise assisted 71 families with shelter and housing assistance, consisting of 286 individuals, 64% were under the age of 17. In addition, Family Promise provided 1,692 meals and 2,489 nights of shelter last year. Since 2008, Family Promise has transitioned over 90% of their families to independence and, on average, have done so in less than 70 days. Families leaving shelter continue receiving case management for one year. As a result, 96% of families remain in shelter one year after leaving Family Promise. While in shelter, families are required to complete a financial literacy course, so they may remain independent upon leaving the program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a global organization providing one on one mentorship for children needing friendship, advice, guidance and fun. Research has shown that compared to their peers, mentored boys and girls have a higher high school graduation rate, avoid crime and substance abuse and significantly improve their self esteem and confidence. Nationally, at any given time, there are over 250,000 kids that are positively impacted with the program. Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18 are matched with a trained and caring adult role model who provides a safe and impactful relationship. Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge (Monroe County) currently have 34 “matches” and supervise 2 school-based programs. Unfortunately, there are always kids (Littles) waiting to be matched with adults (Bigs).
In addition to free airplane rides for children ages 8-17 donated by volunteers for the Young Eagles EAA Program, airplane and helicopter rides can be purchased with income benefitting the charities. Those rides are donated by event sponsors Moyer Aviation, Hi-Tech Helicopters and Papillon Moyer Excavation. Sponsors for the event include Bailey’s, Shop Rite and Smuggler’s Cove as a lead sponsor for their food donation, Adams, Besko and Sterner Outdoor for billboards, and Sky’s the Limit for the parachute demonstration. Turner concludes, “We are offering sponsorships and ads in our new program booklet that will be distributed to our attendees. We welcome area businesses to join us in raising money for Rotary and two very worthy charitable organizations.”
Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport is located at 188 Airport Drive, Tobyhanna, PA. The event is held rain or shine. Advance tickets can be purchased at RotaryFlyInBreakfast.com or call 570-839-7161.
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Contact: Moyer Aviation – 800-321-5890 – email@example.com or John Davis 570-977-4370 – 3/23/18