The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing awaits the opportunity to reopen its Warbird Museum and vintage aircraft collection, but until the Covid-19 crisis is over, all revenue streams are gone and many expenses continue. The Wing is appealing to members and friends to participate in GAgives on Giving Tuesday May 5 and donate to support the Museum in this time of need.
Since launching in 2012, GAgives has been part of a global movement to inspire community giving. The Georgia Center for Nonprofits is encouraging people to show support for nonprofits that have been strained by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Dixie Wing is staffed entirely by volunteers who donate their time and talent, but their efforts have been shut down by the pandemic.
To join the effort and make a donation to the Wing, go to www.dixiewing.org/giving-tuesday/. Finance Director Peter Daliere said the campaign will begin on May 5, but the Wing will seek donations through the month of May.
The Wing depends largely on air show appearances, hangar rentals and rides on its aircraft to fund the restoration and maintenance of its seven vintage aircraft. “All of those revenue sources have dried up for us, now and into the foreseeable future,” Daliere said. “We did have appropriate contingency funds in our budget, but they will be depleted rapidly without any income, and the pandemic has created a much larger impact than anyone could have expected.”
“We are appealing to our many members and friends, and those who have benefited from our operations, to consider a donation that can help us achieve our mission and educate current and future generations about the heroic Greatest Generation of WWII,” said Wing Leader Jim Buckley.