On Saturday, October 13, partners and friends will gather for the 31st Americares Airlift Benefit.
Join us for a unique experience in an airplane hangar transformed for an inspirational evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing, followed by our signature Airlift.
This year, we will travel to Puerto Rico, where communities are struggling to recover following Hurricane Maria.
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
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.
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.
Pop and R&B Sensation
Chic, Stylish and Energetic – all terms used to describe The Source, an exciting ensemble playing classic R&B, today’s dance hits and international favorites. With charm and charisma, The Source has performed nationally and internationally for the biggest social, nonprofit, and corporate events, including featured entertainers for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Celebration.
Master of Ceremonies
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, 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”.
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.