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Pilots Charitable Fund Grants for remainder of 2008

January 2009

In the late Fall and early Winter of 2008 the AAPCF made grant donations to the Rally Foundation, the Children's Therapy Center, and the PenMet Foundation.

Held in conjunction with the ALPA BOD meeting in Las Vegas a fundraising effort was held to raise monies for the Rally Foundation - who funds childhood cancer research throughout the nation. Our donation was earmarked toward the Children's Oncology Group in Arcadia, CA (

In a similar effort the Children's Therapy Center in Kent was looking for new equipment for their expanded facility in Pierce County and the AAPCF was more than happy to provide some much needed assistance (

The final grant of the year went to the PenMet Foundation to help build their Boundless Playground in Gig Harbor which will allow limitless play for all children, with and without disabilities (

Alaska Airlines Pilots give to kids in ANC

July 2008

Captain Dan Hoffman, representing the Alaska Airlines Pilots Charitable Fund, was recently in Anchorage to visit the Programs for Infants and Children (PIC).

Captain Hoffman was on hand to inspect the facility and make a presentation for the latest AAPCF grant on behalf of the pilot group for donating otoacoustic emissions (OAE) hearing screening equipment. This equipment will enable children, from birth to three years of age served by PIC, to receive high quality up-to-date hearing screenings to ensure that each child's hearing health and related developmental needs are met.

PIC is a non-profit organization providing family centered education, support, and therapy services to infants and toddlers with developmental delay and disabilities in the greater Anchorage area. For more info on them visit

Alaska Pilots Give Back to Their Communities - Non-profits Share $20,000 in Grants

December 2005

By his 17th birthday, Zach's fight with Spina Bifida had meant more than 15 surgeries. Zach desperately wanted to play basketball, but his family's insurance company denied their request for a special sports wheelchair designed to allow movement without the fear of tipping over. Tacoma, Wash., non-profit NOCK (National Organization Caring for Kids) bought Zach the device, allowing him to play competitive basketball for the Seattle Sonics Jr. Basketball team.

Alaska's pilots, through the Alaska Airlines Pilots Charitable Fund (AAPCF), will help youth like Zach through donations being presented to nonprofits next month.

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2005 the Board of Directors for the AAPCF met and earmarked around $20,000 for four deserving Children's charities. This money will enable disabled kids to use everyday items, give homeless youth a place to play and allow a children's hospital to buy needed medical devices.

Without the kindness and generosity of Alaska Airlines Pilots, who give to the Fund primarily through payroll deduction, these donations would not have been possible.

The AAPCF, begun in 2002, made its first charitable distributions last year. This year, more than twice last year's amount was awarded. When considering organizations for possible assistance, the AAPCF Board of Directors looks closely at each request to ensure that the charity has a specific demonstrated need and has an established track record of making a difference in the lives of children in communities in which Alaska Pilots live and serve.

The organizations receiving awards are:

Home Aid Group in the Orange County-area of Southern California makes housing and safe play areas available for homeless children and their families. In the past 13 years, Home Aid Group has successfully built and/or renovated 37 shelter projects, with several more projects in the works. Home Aid helps homeless families integrate back into the community by providing security, stability and belonging while the families get back on their feet.

NOCK of Tacoma, Wash., serves the special needs of disabled children by providing assistive and adaptive medical equipment to economically disadvantaged families, and personal technology devices (customized wheelchairs, text communication tools, etc.) to in-need children with significant physical disabilities.

The Children's Therapy Center in Kent, Wash., offers a comprehensive, coordinated continuum of services including responsive, flexible therapy and educational services to children challenged by neuromuscular delays and developmental disorders to achieve maximum independence.

Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Wash., is receiving funds from the AAPCF for a second year. As its name implies, Mary Bridge is a special place exclusively for children - featuring a 72-bed pediatric hospital, a pediatric trauma center, a full-service surgical center, a spectrum of outpatient specialty clinics, and the region's only comprehensive Developmental Services program.

As mentioned earlier, the AAPCF is supported solely by donations and is run by the AAPCF Board of Directors consisting of three Alaska Airlines Pilots. For the most part, the donations are made via Voluntary Payroll Deduction. Thanks to each of the more than 200 pilots who choose this option.

Alaska Airlines Pilots make donations to Tacoma Hospital and Anchorage Shelter

February 2005

The Alaska Airlines Pilots Charitable Fund (AAPCF), a non-profit charitable organization that supports children's charities through donations from Alaska Airlines pilots, recently made two community contributions. The AAPCF presented $4,422 to representatives from Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Washington and $3,500 to representatives from the Abused Women's Aid in Crisis Shelter (AWAIC) in Anchorage, Alaska.

"The pilots of Alaska Airlines are pleased to support organizations such as Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and the AWAIC that directly benefit the communities in which we live and serve," said First Officer Dan Hoffman, AAPCF Board President. "Both of these organizations do great things for the people of Tacoma, Anchorage and their surrounding areas and we are pleased to help them carry on their good work."

Mary Bridge is a full-service, pediatric inpatient hospital with a 12-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Mary Bridge offers child and family-centered care through a pediatric team including in-house pediatric doctors, nurses and specialist. The hospital will use the $4,422 donation to acquire a Surgitron, a radiofrequency surgical unit that is commonly used by plastic surgeons to remove small lesions of the skin, including the face, leaving behind little or no scar. The hospital hopes to use the Surgitron for the small "lumps and bumps" that previously had to be admitted the emergency room and attended to with the patient under anesthesia. This new device will make it more convenient and affordable for families whose children need minor operations.

AWAIC is focused on keeping women and children safe,educating the community about domestic violence and being available 24 hours a day for women and their children who need shelter and safe housing services. AWAIC annually provides approximately 13,500 safe-nights to women and children, 1,500 hours of group and individual advocacy to non-residential clients, 15,000 hours of intense education and intervention to those who are abusive in their intimate relationships, and 140 community education presentations to over 5,000 participants. AWAIC will use the $3,500 donation to acquire medical equipment, including a physician's examination table needed for the medical exam room at the shelter.

The Alaska Airlines Pilots Charitable Fund is supported by generous voluntary donations from Alaska Airlines pilots based in Anchorage, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Each year the AAPCF supports children's charities with a demonstrated need for financial assistance.