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Flight For Life to receive Spreading Wings Award

Nation’s original air ambulance service to celebrate 45th anniversary at gala

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Flight For Life Colorado will receive the Spreading Wings Award, given annually by Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

Since 1972, Flight For Life Colorado has been a symbol of service and sacrifice for the Rocky Mountain region. In its 45-year history, the nation’s original air ambulance service has transported more than 125,000 infants, children and adults to receiving hospitals around Colorado and its surrounding states.

“As Colorado’s official air and space museum, it is our responsibility to preserve and highlight key contributors to Colorado’s aviation landscape,” said Wings Over the Rockies President and CEO John Barry. “Flight For Life Colorado is an aviation icon and it is an honor to help them celebrate 45 years of service.”

The courage, determination and sacrifice shown by the men and women of Flight For Life will be honored at the Spreading Wings Gala on Nov. 11.

The evening will feature special stories of the rescuers and the rescued, opportunities to mingle with first responders, a showcase of the military’s relationship with Flight For Life and much more. The Silhouettes entertainment group, as seen on the television show “America’s Got Talent,” will perform several tributes.

“Flight For Life Colorado is delighted to be this year’s honoree,” said Flight For Life Colorado Program Director Kathleen Mayer. “As the country’s first, and the region’s most active, critical care transport program, we bring the resources of the intensive care unit to our patients, by helicopter, fixed-wing airplane and ground ambulance.  Over the past 45 years, we’ve affected the lives of countless people, one critically ill or injured patient at a time. We are truly the best part of our patients’ worst days.”

Flight For Life Colorado was founded at Denver’s St. Anthony Hospital by two hospital administrators and two medical doctors who saw a need for rapid critical care response. It was partly inspired by pilots who flew during the Vietnam War. 

Go to WingsMuseum.org/SpreadingWingsGala for tickets to the gala.

For more information on Flight For Life, go to www.flightforlifecolorado.org/FLC/Home.

Ticket pricing: $150 for open seating; $300 for an individual ticket; $250 for member ticket. Gala table for 10 cost is $3,000. Sponsorships are available.

VIP reception, for sponsors only, is from 5-6 p.m. An after-party begins at 9 p.m. at Café Mercato; additional fee applies.

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