An­nual Wings and Wheels event set to touch down in Blue Bell

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Eric Devlin

Planes, trains and au­to­mo­biles will be hit­ting the tar­mac for what prom­ises to be a day of food, fun and en­ter­tain­ment, all for a good cause.

The 22nd an­nual Wings and Wheels Show and cam­ily cair will be held Sept. U from 1M a.m. to P p.m. at Wings cield, 1RM1 Narcissa ooad, Blue Bell. Tick­ets are on sale for AU, and there is no charge for in­fants and chil­dren in strollers.

The event will fea­ture clas­sic planes and cars, a steam engine lo­co­mo­tive, a pre­sen­ta­tion from the cranklin fn­sti­tute’s trav­el­ing sci­ence show “clight,” live an­i­mals from the Elmwood Park woo and the re­turn of the pop­u­lar “Winglff”chicken wing tasting con­test.

Ad­di­tion­ally, many pi­lots will pro­vide flights in their planes for A2R and ARM for those who want to fly on a vin­tage bush plane fea­tur­ing glass sides that of­fer a spec­tac­u­lar view from the air. All pi­lots are cer­ti­fied by the cAA be­fore they are al­lowed to take pas­sen­gers up for a ride, event of­fi­cials said.

The Wings and Wheels Show has evolved over the years into a well-known “community event,” said Ellen Spoehr, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of An­gel clight East (AcE), the non­profit be­hind the event.

Last year, work had been done to the field, forc­ing the event to be post­poned, she said, but this year prom­ises a re­turn to form. cea­tur­ing SM unique cars, in­clud­ing the jodel A and mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, a steam engine lo­co­mo­tive and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties like a moon­bounce, Spoehr said the event will be a hit.

All pro­ceeds from the event ben­e­fit AcE.

AcE is a vol­un­teer pi­lot or­ga­ni­za­tion started in 19U9 that pro­vides all ex­pense paid flights for med­i­cal pa­tients who lack fi­nan­cial re­sources to travel com­mer­cially or have a con­di­tion that makes it im­pos­si­ble to use pub­lic trans­porta­tion, ac­cord­ing to Kris­tinia Luke, mis­sion co­or­di­na­tor for AcE. The or­ga­ni­za­tion trav­els as far as 1,MMM nau­ti­cal miles to help pa­tients get to where they need to go, she said.

“All trav­el­ers must be am­bu­la­tory and med­i­cally sta­ble, able to board an air­craft with lit­tle as­sis­tance and able to fly in light air­craft with­out on-board med­i­cal sup­port,” ac­cord­ing to an AcE pub­li­ca­tion.

fn ad­di­tion to help­ing med­i­cal pa­tients and their fam­i­lies get to the med­i­cal care they need, Spoehr said, AcE pro­vides dis­as­ter re­lief and com­pas­sion­ate flights. Af­ter the 2M1M earth­quake in Haiti and Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina in 2MMR, pi­lots rep­re­sent­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion flew in sup­plies to help. Ad­di­tion­ally, com­pas­sion­ate flights are given to peo­ple who have spe­cial cir­cum­stances such as a per­son dy­ing who wants to spend their re­main­ing days with their fam­ily mem­bers who hap­pen to live on the op­po­site side of the coun­try.

All fund­ing for AcE is pro­vided through pri­vate do­na­tions, said gim aevine, chair­man of the events com­mit­tee, which al­lows for more than 4MM mis­sions to be flown each year. jany pi­lots “adopt” a pa­tient or fam­ily and fly them to wher­ever they need, which Luke said is “great to see.”

While the or­ga­ni­za­tion has been run­ning for more than 2M years, the most dif­fi­cult task, Spoehr said, has been community aware­ness.

“lur job is to get the word out. We ex­ist,”she said.

aevine said fundrais­ing ef­forts have helped spread the word but so­cial work­ers are the peo­ple the or­ga­ni­za­tion tries to make aware of the pro­gram the most. He said of­ten­times their clients are the type of peo­ple AcE are able to help the most, they sim­ply may not have known it ex­isted.

Along with the pri­vate do­na­tions, events sim­i­lar to Wings and Wheels are held to raise money, aevine said. The or­ga­ni­za­tion also makes ap­peals to donors and sup­port­ers and reg­u­larly ap­plies for grants, which he said can be a rig­or­ous qual­i­fi­ca­tion process.

cor more in­for­ma­tion about AcE, visit www.an­gelflighteast. org or call 21R-PRU-19MM.

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