Breitling Supports Angel Flight Northeast's Mission
Contribution of $100,000 will allow for children and adults to access life-saving medical care
NEW YORK, NY & NORTH ANDOVER, MA (May 27, 2014) – Swiss watch company Breitling is proud to support Angel Flight Northeast (“AFNE”), a nonprofit organization that schedules free air transportation for patients who need to access life-saving medical care that is not readily available to them due to their geographic location and who lack the financial resources to travel commercially to receive treatment or diagnosis, with a donation of $100,000.
“It is an honor to be able to support Angel Flight Northeast, because they utilize aviation for the best possible cause,” says Breitling USA President Thierry Prissert. “The volunteer network of pilots that make Angel Flight’s mission possible are very inspiring. By leveraging their talents and resources, these dedicated volunteer pilots make it possible for patients and their families to get to much-needed medical treatments that saves lives, and Breitling is proud to be able to support AFNE’s mission.”
Given Breitling’s rich history in and deeply rooted ties to aviation, the company’s support of Angel Flight Northeast was a natural fit. Breitling has been developing precision instruments for pilots since 1884, solidifying their reputation by equipping fighter planes with on-board chronographs in World War II, and developing the signature Breitling Navitimer, the world’s oldest mechanical chronograph still in production, with input from the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) in 1952. In addition to charitable contributions, Breitling encourages excellence in aviation by supporting world-famous aviation events such as the National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV, and bringing the Breitling Jet Team - the world’s only professional civilian flight team performing on jets - to U.S. audiences for the first time ever in 2015.
Pictured from Left to Right: Jim Cear, Chairman of the Board Angel Flight Northeast, AFNE Volunteer Pilot; Lisa Roman, Breitling USA Marketing Director; Keith D'Entremont, Corporate Development and Community Outreach Angel Flight Northeast; Thierry Prissert, Breitling USA President & Larry Camerlin, President Angel Flight Northeast, AFNE Volunteer Pilot.
“As a pilot, I admire Breitling’s commitment to the aviation community by delivering sturdy, reliable and high-performance instruments, such as the Breitling Navitimer,” says Larry Camerlin, President and Founder of Angel Flight Northeast. “Their involvement and significant support of Angel Flight Northeast’s mission provides critical support, allowing us to coordinate even more free air transportation services to help patients and families who turn to us for our assistance during difficult times.”
Since its founding in 1996, Angel Flight Northeast has coordinated more than 65,000 flight requests for patients and companions who have flown over 13 million miles. Their principle area of operation is a nine-state region comprised of NJ, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, CT, NY and PA. In total, AFNE pilots, with support from commercial airline partners, have flown and coordinated patient flights to or from 189 hospitals and medical centers in 33 states throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition to the sponsorship, Breitling plans to support AFNE events including their CAPE TRACON Air Traffic Control Golf Tournament, AFNE 18th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Fly-in, and 17th Annual Evening of Angels Gala, among others.
A specialist of technical watches, Breitling has played a crucial role in the development of the wrist chronograph and is a leader in this complication. Léon Breitling founded the company in 1884 in St. Imier, Switzerland, and chose to devote himself to the exclusive and demanding field of chronographs and timers. Breitling developed the first independent chronograph pushpiece in 1915 and then added the second pushpiece in 1934 to complete the final configuration of the modern chronograph. In 1969, the brand introduced the first self-winding chronograph movement. Today Breitling is the world’s only major watch brand to equip all its models with chronometer-certified movements, the ultimate token of precision. Breitling is one of the rare companies to produce its own mechanical chronograph movement, entirely developed and manufactured in its state-of-the-art workshops with its quality guaranteed by an unprecedented five-year warranty. This family business is also one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands, celebrating its 130-year anniversary this year in 2014.
About Angel Flight Northeast
A 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization, Angel Flight Northeast schedules free air transportation for patients whose financial resources would not otherwise enable them to receive treatment or diagnosis, or who may live in rural areas without access to commercial airlines. The organization is comprised of over 1,000 volunteer pilots who combine their love of flying with the spirit of grassroots volunteerism by flying children and adults in private and commercial aircraft to lifesaving medical care. For more information about Angel Flight Northeast, contact us at 978-794-6868 or visit our website at www.angelflightne.org.