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Join Us for an Unforgettable Evening

October 14, 2017

Mark your calendar for an inspirational evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing at the 30th annual Americares Airlift Benefit.

The Gala

On October 14, 2017, partners and friends will gather for the 30th Americares Airlift Benefit to support our humanitarian work in the U.S. and around the world. More than 800 guests will join us in an airplane hangar uniquely transformed for an inspirational evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing.


Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough
of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”

30th Plane Logo

The Airlift

The evening includes our signature Airlift where midway through the evening, a group of guests and Americares staff will leave their tables, climb aboard a chartered plane and depart for a 24-hour journey to see our work firsthand. Remaining guests participate in an exciting send-off from the tarmac. This year we travel to Guatemala, one of Americares first Airlift destinations. Guatemala struggles with poverty and chronic shortages of medicine. Children are especially vulnerable. Americares supports a network of 280 health centers throughout the country, bringing improved health and hope to Guatemalans.

The Hosts

Mika Brzezinski and
Joe Scarborough

Hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough are longtime Americares supporters.

Brzezinski’s relationship with Americares, and our founders, Bob and Leila Macauley, goes back decades. Her father, former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, was the longtime honorary chairman of Americares Advisory Committee, and she has traveled with Americares on aid missions to Poland and Haiti.

Brzezinski and Scarborough have hosted fundraisers for Americares over the years and their children have traveled with our organization.

The duo has hosted MSNBC’s Morning Joe since 2007, giving viewers an in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest news stories. Brzezinski was previously a CBS News Correspondent; Scarborough served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1994-2001.



The Millenials

The Millennials have performed around the globe for countless Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and private clients. A unique, sophisticated ensemble, their vocalists have performed with Prince, Usher and Sting, and entertain with music from all eras including Motown, Top 40, hip-hop and some of the best authentic Latin music around. They pride themselves on exceptional vocals, horn section, a touch of swagger and unmatched edge.



Arthur Lipner & Mexicali Marimba Band

Mexicali Marimba Band is led by 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 (talkingsticksfilm.com). Arthur has appeared on over 50 albums, including his recent best-of double cd “Two Hands, One Heart”.

Introducing the

Bob and Leila Macauley Humanitarian Spirit Award

Americares is very proud to present President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush with the inaugural Bob and Leila Macauley Humanitarian Spirit Award at the 30th Americares Airlift Benefit on October 14.

Americares established this award to honor outstanding individuals who exemplify extraordinary courage and commitment to humanitarian endeavors.

The award is dedicated to Americares founders Bob and Leila Macauley, ordinary citizens who saw a profound need and risked everything to make a difference.

Presenting Sponsor

Grand Benefactor

The Conroy Family
Mary and C. Robert Henrikson
Mrs. Robert C. Macauley
The Weisman Family

Special Thanks To

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Westchester County Airport Moffly


Goldman Sachs Gives/Alison     and Pat Fels
Patricia and Paul Kuehner
Rita and Jerry Leamon
Karin and Stephen Sadove


Mr. and Mrs. R. MacDonald Barnes, Jr.
Carol and George Bauer
Lois and Bob Baylis
Baxter International Inc.
Cynthia and Mac Brighton
Dr. Katherine Close and
   Christopher Buckley
Nihara and Tanvir Choudhri
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Diener
Amanda and Bryan Hanson

Horizon Pharma
Rose and Bill Krivoshik
Diane and Dean Maglaris
Donald T. Netter Foundation
Marti Noxon
Tracy and Joe Merrill
Karen and Chester Opalka
Mrs. J. Paul Rodriguez and
   Elizabeth and Jay Chandler
Sarah and Alexander Saint-Amand
The Walsh Family


Linda and Jeffrey Becker
BLT/Harbor Point
Brian Chin
Anita Cobb and Neil Budnick
Mark Dalton
Evercore ISI
Susan and Joe Garofoli
Gail and David Gluckman
Geller & Company

The Godley Family Foundation
Islonca and James Hasso
Heidrick & Struggles
Hope for Poor Children
    Foundation/Desmond FitzGerald
Mary and Kim Jeffery
Whitney and Nick Keyes
Korn Ferry
Nestle Waters North America
Julie and Bas NieuweWeme
Northern Trust
Sandy and Michael J. Nyenhuis


Natasha and David Pearson
PepsiCo Foundation
Liza and Chris Pohle
Kristyn and Michael Pratt
Debbie and Joe Rucci and
    Rucci Law Group LLC
Sanofi US
Jed and Alana Selkowitz
Selkowitz Family Foundation
Donald and Colleen Shelden
Namrata Sharma and Nandit Soparkar

Julia B. Fee and William Pitt
    Sotheby’s International Realty
Debbie and Craig Stapleton
Jennifer Toll
Eva and Christian Trefz
Voya Financial
Warburg Pincus
Jeffrey Williams and Mayree Clark
Megin and Adam Wolfman
Melissa and Andrew Woolford
World Wrestling Entertainment


JPMorgan Chase Hangar E1
Westchester County Airport
Saturday, October 14, 2017
6:00 – 11:30 p.m.