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A MILLION MILES OF SERVICE
Recipient Joan Helminiak, and her husband, flanked by Pilots Kevin Gilbert and Elliott Zeltzer
Wings of Mercy, East Michigan literally flew past a milestone last week. The all-volunteer pilot organization which flies needy medical patients to distant medical facilities logged its millionth mile of service to the people of East Michigan. Pilots Elliott Zeltzer and Kevin Gilbert flew Bay City resident Joan Helminiak to Mayo Clinic from MBS International for treatment, on the way crossing the million mile threshold. It was the 1535th flight for the organization
Since its founding in 1996, more than 260 Wings of Mercy, East Michigan volunteer pilots have flown over 240 medical patients using, more than 100 different aircraft. Wings of Mercy, East Michigan is an all volunteer Section 501(c) (3) charity serving all of Eastern Michigan. More information can be found at www.wingseastmi.org or by calling toll free (877) 32-MERCY, (877) 326-3729.
EXCURSION CRUISE BENEFITS WINGS OF MERCY
On a lovely early August evening, free from the rain storms and high winds which had plagued the area in recent days, the Bay City based cruise boat Princess Wenona hosted a near capacity crowd for an excursion down the Saginaw River and into Saginaw Bay, all to benefit Wings of Mercy, East Michigan. Those aboard enjoyed rousing music, good food and a narrated history of Bay City nautical landmarks, sponsored by the Bay City Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1010.
Dave Osbourn, one of the organizers, said that Wings of Mercy is one of the Eagle’s favorite benefit charities, but that he was unsure of the attendance, especially in light of the recent weather. The response, he said, was most heartening, and the Aerie was pleased to turn over the entire proceeds of the event to Wings of Mercy, East Michigan. In accepting the donation, Wings of Mercy, East Michigan Secretary Charles Binder said this generosity would allow transport of a goodly number of patients to facilities like Mayo Clinic or Cleveland Clinic. Wings President Cody Welch personally thanked the Eagles Board of Directors for their successful efforts.
Since its founding in 1996, more than 260 Wings of Mercy, East Michigan volunteer pilots have flown over 240 medical patients using, more than 100 different aircraft. Wings of Mercy, East Michigan is an all-volunteer Section 501(c) (3) charity serving all of Eastern Michigan. More information can be found at www.wingseastmi.org or by calling toll free (877) 32-MERCY, (877) 326-3729.
Wings of Mercy East Michigan's First Jet Mission
Sunday, November 8, 2009
November 8th was an historic day for the East Michigan Chapter of Wings of Mercy. Pilot Richard Heinrich and Second Pilot Blair McKendrick flew Janet and her Husband to Rochester, MN's Mayo Clinic in an EC-25 Eclipse Very Light Jet. This marked the first use a jet aircraft by our Chapter.
Video Reports from abc12, Flint, MI
Wings of Mercy Golf Outing (2009)
Video Report from WEYI-TV 25, Flint, MI
Wings of Mercy West Michigan Video
Print Media Articles
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- Bay City Times
- Bob Munley: Man of Distinction
Distinguished Volunteer award from the National Aeronautic Association and the Air Care Alliance (September 11, 2009)
- Wings of Mercy East Michigan's 1,000th
(Thursday, December 27, 2007)
Learn more about the background of our 1,000th mission!
- Missions of Mercy (general interest
- Bob Munley: Man of Distinction
- Midland Daily News
- General Interest
Story 1: Page 1, Page 2 (Tuesday, June 4, 2002)
Store 2: Page 1 (August, 2005)
- Gladwin Record & Clarion
- General interest (Wednesday, December 10,
- General interest (Wednesday, December 10, 2003
- Tuscola County Advertiser
- Campbell's Commentary: "What exactly is
'Wings of Mercy'"
(Saturday, May 22, 2004)
- Campbell's Commentary: "What exactly is 'Wings of Mercy'"
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