Here is the letter that Mental Health and O'Meara Ford is sending out for sponsorship of WOTR and Mental Health. UMB Bank has committed $2500 for Mental Health and we are looking for other corporate sponsors. Last year we raised $13,000 for Mental Health.
Lots is happening for the event on my end. Mike H sent out a letter to our 700 favorite friends a few days ago and pre-registrations are now coming in.
I am meeting with General Mike Edwards next week as he is very involved with Mental Health and our veterans. He may get us a F-16 flyover. I will know more next week. General Edwards is the Adjutant General for the 5000 members of the Colorado Army and Air National Guard and serves on the Governor's cabinet. He will be able to reach all of the veterans in Colorado and invite them to the event.
Bob Violett has decided to become a Platinum Sponsor of the event this year. Dustin Bucher will be attending and representing BVM. He won the Pro class at Top Gun this last April. Frank Tiano, along with ZAP will be sending the glue kits for all pilots the second week of september. Horizon Hobbies and JR radios are also a Platinum Sponsor and will have a huge vendor tent. Peter Goldsmith, the JR team manager will be attending. KMP is the other Platinum sponsor. Of course, Aeroworks has been a Platinum sponsor for all nine years. Model Airplane News also is a Platinum Sponsor.
Stan Alexander will be attending from the AMA and will write an article for Model Aviation. We should have ads in Model Airplane News.
Although we are not a competition, we will have 22 hand made trophies at a cost of about $3000. Each is a "one of a kind."
Col. Mac McGee is now fully committed to attend the event as our speaker at the banquet. He was a Tuskegee Airman and flew more combat missions than any other American pilot during WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. He lives in Arlington Va. He flew a P-51 C "KITTEN" during WWII. He is 92 and still full of energy.
Mental Health would like a reception for him in Denver on Thursday night for local news and dignitaries. I am trying to get the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum to host it.
JP Thibodeau has submitted our application to the FAA for the full size flyover waiver. He is also arranging for the pilots personal application to the FAA for the waiver. It is a 108 paige document as we are considered a full size airshow.
Mike Harrington has the application submitted to the county for the "Assemblage Permit" and also the "Emergency Management Plan". This covers emergency situations such as fire, heart attack, snake bite, crash planes, cut off fingers etc. We will have both fire and emergency medical staff on site.
With full size flyovers, licensed pyro show, speakers such as Col McGee and Bud Anderson and the prime rib banquet, our event has become so much more than the standard warbird event.
Our CD, Mike Harrington is in the hospital in Houston undergoing Chemo for leukemia, I thought it wise to keep everybody updated.
Our thoughts and prayers are still with Mike for his speedy recovery.
Below is some information I received today from Laura Cordes at Mental Health.
Also check out the attached letter.