Delta Pilots Donate Playroom To
March 26, 2010 - The Delta Pilots'
Charitable Fund (DPCF) will present a donation of $150,000 to the Arnold
Palmer Medical Center Foundation to equip a playroom in the Congenital
Heart Unit of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
The donation will provide for a fully outfitted play area in this state-of-the-art healthcare facility dedicated to the care of children in the Southeast.
The Delta Pilots Charitable Fund, the first and only charitable fund established, managed, and funded entirely by pilots of a major U.S. airline, was formed in 1999 as a philanthropic, tax-exempt fund that supports charitable activities and leaves a permanent legacy for future generations in communities where Delta's pilots live and work.
With this donation, the DPCF has donated almost $1 million to a variety of charities that help
Chairman, Delta First Officer Joe Houseman, stated, "The Delta
pilots are a concerned, community-active and generous group. This
contribution is especially exciting in that, with this gift, the
playroom will provide an enjoyable environment for children and
their families for many years to come."
Houseman, DPCF Board members and
members of the Delta Master Executive Council of the Air Lines Pilots
Association visited the hospital Wednesday evening, distributing stuffed
"pilot" bears to children. The check will be presented to Arnold Palmer
at the Bay Hill Invitational Tournament, a Professional Golf Association
tour event hosted by Palmer.
Moak, Chairman of the Delta MEC, was among those
visiting patients, "In our profession we regularly deal with stress and
critical decisions, but I do not have adequate words to describe the
stress that childhood illness brings to children and their loved ones. I
hope that our donation can provide a few moments of joy during the
anxious days of a child's hospital stay. It is truly an honor for The
Delta Pilots Charitable Fund, on behalf of the Delta pilots to make this
donation to the
"We are excited that the
Delta Pilots Charitable Fund has chosen to make this gift to the newly
renovated Pediatric Cardiovascular ICU unit. For many years, Delta and
their pilots have been a big part of the
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