Flight1 benefit lands in Zionsville

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By Rick Morwick

For the second consecutive year, “Tunes on the Tarmac” is cleared for takeoff at Indianapolis Executive Airport.

A fundraiser for Flight1, a nonprofit that supports kids facing serious health or emotional challenges through flying, “Tunes on the Tarmac” is an evening of food, beverages and live music for adults 21 and older.

Flight1 is a nonprofit that builds confidence, through flight training, in kids who are seriously ill or coping with the death of an immediate loved one. Program participant Elijah prepares for takeoff. (Submitted photos)

The Sept. 28 event is from 6 to 10 p.m. at the airport, 11329 E. Ind. 32 in Zionsville.

Featured performers are national recording artist Amy Gerhartz, a Nashville resident who has recorded six CDs, and special guest songwriter/musician Chris Trapper, a Boston native whose songs have been used in several hit movies and TV shows.

“Amy has a great stage presence and is one of those artists you could listen to for hours,” said Sandy Strawhorn, program director for Flight1. “Her music is a blend of folk and pop and she has a soulful, powerful voice, a bit like Norah Jones.

“Chris Trapper is a critically acclaimed pop singer/songwriter who has loyal fans all over the world. He is a fantastic storyteller and also has a rare gift for creating beautiful melodies.”

Tickets are $50 and include food, an open beer and wine bar, entertainment and a chance to see private jets. All proceeds benefit Indianapolis-based Flight1, an all-volunteer organization that builds confidence in kids ages 5 to 18, who are seriously ill or coping with the death of an immediate family member,  through free flight training.

Flight1 is a nonprofit that builds confidence, through flight training, in kids who are seriously ill or coping with the death of an immediate loved one. Program participant Matthew prepares for takeoff.

“The children put into use full-motion simulators and Cessna 172 airplanes to learn that they can do amazing things,” Strawhorn said. “With the help of certified flight instructors, each child sits as pilot-in-command and typically completes a day, night and cross-country flight. As children work the controls, it becomes clear of what is possible and what they are capable of doing. We call it, ‘Confidence through accomplishment.'”

Last year’s inaugural “Tunes on the Tarmac” raised more than $20,000 for Flight1. For more or for tickets, visit Fllight1.org.

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