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Houston Airport System Donates Thousands to USO


Aeros & Autos event proves effective as fundraiser


Houston Airport System
September 29, 2010



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In only its second year of existence, the Aeros & Autos event held at Ellington Airport (EFD) has already proven itself to be a very strong fundraising vehicle.

In fact, the totals are in from the 2010 event and more than $16,000 has been raised and donated to the Houston chapter of the United Services Organization (USO).

Those funds were officially passed along to the USO team on September 22, at a celebratory gathering in front of the USO facility inside Terminal D at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

“Ellington has always had a strong affiliation with the military,” says Brian Rinehart, general manager of Ellington Airport. “Many of us on the Ellington team are former military ourselves, so there’s definitely a warm place in our hearts for the men and women who wear the uniform.”

The event, which took place on May 8, offers guests an up close view of everything from muscle cars to fighter jets.

Hundreds of hot rods, low riders and vintage automobiles gather at Ellington, so that guests can enjoy the amazing machinery and judges can make their selections in a variety of different show categories.

More than 300 car owners signed-up to take part in this year’s event, each of them paying a registration fee that makes up the bulk of the donation from the Houston Airport System (HAS). © Houston Airport System The Aeros & Autos event has grown into a major fundraising tool in a fairly short period of time. “We are absolutely overwhelmed with the donation,” said Susan Barlow, Director of USO-Houston. “It’s more than we ever could have hoped for and please know that every dollar and every penny will be used to support our troops.”

In addition to the vehicles and aircraft on display, Aeros & Autos also features items such as helicopter rides, sport memorabilia from Houston franchises such as the Astros, Texans and Dynamo. Tickets to special events and gift cards to local attractions are also big draws at the Aeros & Autos annual event.

But for those working behind the scenes, the biggest moment comes about six months after the cars and planes themselves have been removed. That’s when the money raised in the event is passed along to organizations that are busy doing incredibly important work.

“The USO is a comfort because it feels like home,” says Eric Potts, chief development officer with the Houston Airport System. “It’s part of a family organization where family members take care of each other each and every day.”

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