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Thunder Over The Valley Air Show

$100 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 53 months
Kayla Geddry
for Santa Maria Museum of Flight Inc
 SANTA MARIA, CA
Santa Maria Museum of Flight




Thunder Over The Valley is an annual aviation event produced by Santa Maria Museum of Flight (501 (C)(3)) to honor our Fallen Warriors and to promote the support of our troops, veterans, and their families. The Museum when called upon also provides free meals to the aircrews and troops transitioning through the Santa Maria Public Airport enroute or returning from training missions.
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TOV is over but the fundraising is still in place. At present there is over $8,000.pledges from both private and businesses still outstanding for some unknown reason. Without these pledges the Museum has to seek other additional financial support.

At present Mike is contacting each of the pledges to ascertain the reason for their delay to honor their pledge. Hopefully they will be sending their pledge.
Paid attendance at the event was less than 50% which portrays the damage done by several unscrupulous individuals spreading false information about the event. This is not a statement unsupported by witnesses who received this false info. Specifically they told people who contacted them that the Museum cancelled the event due no funds. This info caused several long term sponsors not to renew this year.

Unpaid attendance (military, veterans, and their families) was higher than past years. The Vet Center Mobile unit was present to assist in registering with the DVA and applying for benefits. Additionally
Mike and I assisted several veterans in the reclassifying their PTSD Service Animals from Therapy and Companion animals to PTSD Service Animals. Doing this portrays the commitment to our brother and sister veterans and their families. What a great way to deal with PTSD.

You can also help fund this event with a simple donation of $5.00 or more to this account. If everyone did this Mike and I can continue to keep the event and its mission going.
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Well its about 30 days away until the air show it will occur but with drastic cuts in the budget, Noozehawk (noozhawk.com) ran an article on the air show's struggles to obtain sponsors outside of the local community. There is no greater fight for this event to occur than that the Museum is encountering.
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7/9/15 7:00PM Santa Maria Public Airport Board of Directors will meet to decide if they will sponsor the event. Anyone close to our area is welcome to attend @ show support for this community event for our troops, veterans, and friends
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To this date Mike and I have written:
1. 25 Letters with Videos to VIPs, Actors, and Actresses in the TV & Film Industry.
2. 50 DOD Contractors for sponsorships of the event.
3. 25 National Veteran Organizations
Results:
#1 Waiting on response (14 days since mailing)
#2 New DOD policy? Unable to sponsor or donate under new federal policy for DOD Contractors.
#3 Pending (14 days since mailing).

PSA Video with endorsement from Mayor Alice Patino, City of Santa Maria & Supervisor Steve Lavagnino, 5th District Supervisor Santa Barbara County, CA. (PSA may have been aired at wrong time period).

3 Radio interviews asking for assistance in raising the funds. Verdict is not in on this yet.

Next step national news media possible veteran interest news?

Maybe its time for us to stand on a busy corner & pan handle for the funds like this town is full of? When I think this way; Why not? they are making a killing tax free on just a few dollars from passerby's.
We have not given up yet!
Mike & Kayla
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Michelle Huitron
41 months ago
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This is the first I have heard of this event coming back again and the need for funding. I really wish I'd have known sooner. I hope that everything is coming along and that all hope is not lost. (I read something in your comments about a June 30th cut off.) Please let me know if it's not too late, and what (besides funding) you might need help with.

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$100 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 53 months
Created July 2, 2014
Funds raised will benefit:
Santa Maria Museum of Flight Inc
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Santa Maria, CA
EIN: 770061985
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Michelle Huitron
41 months ago
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This is the first I have heard of this event coming back again and the need for funding. I really wish I'd have known sooner. I hope that everything is coming along and that all hope is not lost. (I read something in your comments about a June 30th cut off.) Please let me know if it's not too late, and what (besides funding) you might need help with.

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