March 30, 2012
Frederick, MD – The AOPA Foundation has unveiled a plan to expand its Hat in the Ring Society and bestow four awards on those in the general aviation industry that have made significant strides in each of the categories.
The society, chaired by actor and GA advocate Morgan Freeman and co-chaired by author Stuart Woods, air race pilot Mike Goulian, actor-comedian Dave Coulier and renowned celebrity chef Alton Brown, is open to anyone donating $1,000 per year to the AOPA Foundation.
All proceeds support the foundation’s mission to improve aviation safety through the Air Safety Institute, preserve community airports, and encourage learning to fly for career and personal benefit. In addition to supporting the future of GA, Hat in the Ring Society members also receive invitations to AOPA Aviation Roundtables to meet with AOPA leadership and other donor events to discuss issues facing the industry.
“Through this newly revitalized program, the AOPA Foundation is hoping to build a nationwide network to showcase the contributions of general aviation’s leaders, pioneers, and practitioners,” said President Bruce Landsberg. “Just as important, the Hat in the Ring Society will be building a network of advocates with the means and enthusiasm to expand the foundation’s mission.”
The AOPA Foundation will select the winners and confer the awards on Oct. 11 during the “Night for Flight” event at AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif.
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