This morning at the Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs, California, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the winners of the organization's Pilot's Choice Awards. Five aviation charities were awarded grants of anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 to help them achieve their missions.
The grand-prize winner for the second consecutive year was Pilots N Paws, an organization that aids in transporting rescue, shelter and foster animals. Pilots N Paws received $10,000 dollars, which will be used to grow the organization by hosting flyaway events and funding booth spaces at aviation related events.
Runners up were the Ninety-Nines, Civil Air Patrol, New Tribes Mission Aviation and JAARS, which were presented with grants ranging from $2,000 to $8,000.
The winners were based on a public vote, which closed last night at midnight PST. Voters chose from 12 charities that were selected from a pool of hundreds of nominees. All 12 finalists will receive a Lightspeed headset.
"It is such an honor to support these incredible organizations," said Allan Schrader, president of Lightspeed Aviation. "It is our prayer that the entire aviation community will bond together and use our gifts to help others."
This is the sixth year that the Lightspeed Foundation has awarded charities with much deserved funding.