To our partners, donors and friends who made the 31st Americares Airlift Benefit so memorable — our sincerest thanks. Saturday night, we celebrated Americares life-changing work, made possible only by support from friends like you. We also wished our airlift passengers a safe trip to Puerto Rico, where they witnessed how Americares is helping restore health services in the aftermath Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island just over one year ago.

Because of your generosity, we were able to raise more than $ 3 million, which will help make health possible for countless individuals in the U.S. and around the world. 

Americares is committed to saving lives and improving the health of people affected by poverty and disaster. We are grateful for your partnership and hope to see you at next year’s event. The 2019 Airlift Benefit will feature an airlift to the Dominican Republic, where Americares reaches over 100 local health providers—including hospitals, local health centers and orphanages—and provided more than $40 million in aid last year.   



Michael J. Nyenhuis
Americares CEO


P.S. I also would like to invite you to take a look at some of the Airlift Benefit photo highlights.

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Airlift to
Puerto Rico

Americares in
Puerto Rico

When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 18, 2017, the massive storm’s 155 mph winds tore off roofs and cut the island’s power supply, while torrential rain flooded communities. Puerto Rico’s 3.3 million residents were without power for months and many had no water. Survivors sought health care in damaged health centers operating on generators. Americares immediate response included airlifts of medicine and medical supplies, mobile medical teams for vulnerable patients in remote communities, support for damaged health centers and transportation for patients in need of critical care. Americares long-term recovery activities focus on mental health and disaster preparedness, with the goal of a fully recovered and more resilient Puerto Rico.

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Event Details



Saturday, October 13, 2018
6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
JPMorgan Chase Hangar E1 – 73 Tower Road
Westchester County Airport – White Plains, New York



Roberta and Jim Conroy
Islonca and James Hasso
Karin and Steve Sadove

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    Airlift Departure


    Passengers on the Airlift will depart from Westchester County Airport at approximately 10:00 p.m., arriving in Ponce, Puerto Rico about 2:00 a.m. local time.

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    Airlift Return


    Sunday morning we will gather for breakfast, followed by a day of activities. We will depart from Ponce in the late afternoon and expect to arrive at Westchester County Airport around 10:00 p.m.



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The Source

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Master of Ceremonies

Darlene Rodriguez

One of New York’s best-known local broadcast journalists and multiple Emmy® Award winner, Darlene Rodriguez has been trusted by NBC 4 New York viewers for more than two decades for her knowledge, expertise and professionalism. For the past 15 years, Rodriguez has served as Co-Anchor of Today in New York.  

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Arthur Lipner

Arthur Lipner, one of today’s leading vibes and marimba players. The Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia) wrote, “Lipner belongs to that rare category of master player with Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson...” He’s appeared with Russian Tuvan Throat Singers, in Ghana at a small rural village, Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, Royal Palace in Marrakesh, in the mountains of Norway on an ice xylophone, and much more. Arthur is also a prolific composer and educator. The documentary TALKING STICKS features his inner and outer journeys ( Arthur has appeared on over 50 albums, including his recent best-of double cd “Two Hands, One Heart”.

Our Sponsors


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    • The Conroy Family
    • The Weisman Family
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    • Goldman Sachs Gives/Ali and Pat Fels
    • Samhita and D.T. Ignacio Jayanti 
    • Patricia and Paul Kuehner
    • Rita and Jerry Leamon
    • Mrs. Robert C. Macauley
    • Karin and Stephen Sadove
    • The Walsh Family
    • Zimmer Biomet
    • Anonymous
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    • Anne and Mac Barnes 
    • Carol and George Bauer
    • Lois and Bob Baylis
    • Baxter International Inc.
    • BD
    • Cynthia and Mac Brighton
    • Dr. Katherine Close and Christopher Buckley
    • Cognizant
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    • Susan and Joe Garofoli
    • Harbor Lights Foundation
    • Rose and Bill Krivoshik
    • Diane and Dean Maglaris
    • Alvia and Mehdi Mahmud
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    • Tracy and Joe Merrill
    • New York Football Giants
    • Karen and Chester Opalka
    • Mrs. J. Paul Rodriguez and Elizabeth and Jay Chandler
    • Sarah and Alexander Saint-Amand
    • Stamford Health
    • Megin and Adam Wolfman
    • Melissa and Andrew Woolford
    • Anonymous
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    • Moffly Media
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    • AbbVie
    • Elizabeth Peale Allen
    • Linda and Jeffrey Becker
    • BLT/Harbor Point
    • Diane and James Bosek 
    • Daniel N. Caron
    • Anita Cobb and Neil Budnick
    • Mark Dalton
    • Marlene and Brian Dooner
    • Elizabeth and Christian Frank
    • Geller & Company
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    • Robert and Lynn Grossman
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    • Mary and C. Robert Henrikson
    • Horizon Pharma
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    • Mary and Kim Jeffery
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    • Korn Ferry
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    • Susan E. Lynch
    • The Maffei Foundation
    • Nestlé Waters North America 
    • The Donald T. Netter Foundation
    • Julie and Bas NieuweWeme
    • Northern Trust 
    • Marti Noxon
    • Sandy and Michael J. Nyenhuis
    • Onward and Upward Charitable Foundation/Talivity
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    • Liza and Chris Pohle
    • Sanofi US
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    • Selkowitz Family Foundation
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    • Anne and Brian Sullivan
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    • Shauna and Eric Varvel
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    Special Thanks

    • JPMorgan Chase
    • Westchester County Airport
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