Party with a Purpose at 723 Whiskey Bravo Raises over $85K for Angel Flight Soars
February 20, 2014 by SoWal Staff
Skip Moore, owner of 723 Whiskey Bravo, hosted a Party with a Purpose on February 8, 2014 to celebrate 2013 HALO Award Recipient, his wife Victoria Moore. Victoria was recognized for “Helping Achieve Life-changing Outcomes” through her outstanding efforts as a dedicated Angel Flight Soars volunteer.
The Angel Flight mission is to arrange free air transportation for people who need to travel to receive lifesaving medical treatment, but lack the means. Angel Flight believes illness isn’t stopped by boundaries and cures shouldn’t be either – whether the boundaries are geographic or monetary. Angel Flight allows families to focus on getting well instead of worrying about how to get there. Presenting sponsor JMS Burn Center’s Sherry Viddetto was thrilled to be part of the event stating, “Without the help of Angel Flight we could not see and treat as many patients as we do.”
150 people attended the Party with a Purpose and raised over $85,000 for Angel Flight, making it a huge success. Luxurious auction lots included a trip to the Masters with private airfare to Augusta, a hunting excursion at Chipper Jones’ Double Dime Ranch in Texas, a weekend in New Orleans with on-field New Orleans Saints tickets and dinner at Emeril’s. Sponsorships, ticket sales and a “Raise the Paddle” to fund Angel Flight missions contributed to the monies raised as well as Whiskey Bravo’s Bravo the Bear campaign, where diners have been rounding up after meals to support the cause. The evening’s “White Party” theme encouraged attendees to adhere to a “white chic” dress code and promised culinary flights of seafood, sweets and savory treats. The elegant white décor included aviation elements, industrial accents, a white dessert bar and over one thousand paper airplanes hanging from the ceiling, all folded by local Girl Scout Troop 306.
New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton took a moment to appreciate Victoria stating, “The Moores are the type of people you meet and know instantly that you’ll be friends for life. Victoria is caring, hard working and full of heart. This award is well-deserved and I’m honored to present it to her tonight.”
Victoria and Skip, owners of 723 Whiskey Bravo, have been active with the organization, serving on the Angel Flight Board of Directors and flying missions that transport patients in need to their medical treatments around the country. One of their most memorable missions was with Kevin, a seven year old from Valdosta who was diagnosed with cancer. Kevin, now eleven, was on hand for the Party to thank the Moores and Angel Flight, even sharing that he is excited about his upcoming mission for a checkup to confirm that he is still in remission.
“Angel Flight and the families we serve are incredibly blessed to have such kind-hearted volunteers and supporters like Victoria Moore,” states Jeanine Chambers, executive director of Angel Flight Soars. “Thanks to their tireless dedication and continued commitment, we are able to be a silver lining for thousands of families.”
As a longtime friend of Angel Flight, Victoria Moore has contributed as a co-pilot, an “earth angel” and as a member of the board of directors. Victoria began flying for Angel Flight after she and her husband Skip acquired their Cirrus SR22 and Skip got his instrument rating. The Moores have always flown missions together, and still fly missions to this day. Victoria’s altruism, along with her ability to connect with people has led her to provide hope for families in ways that will leave a lasting mark.
"There is no better reward than to help someone receive needed medical care that would not otherwise have been available to them,” says Victoria. “I’m honored to be part of such a special organization.” The Angel Flight HALO Award recognizes a member of the community who has performed outstanding philanthropic work and demonstrated selflessness motivated by service to others. Angel Flight aims to seek out those "Flying With A Purpose”, whether an Angel Flight Pilot or an “earth angel.”
Additional sponsors who helped make the evening successful included Kim and Tim Wilbanks, Anthony and Janet Mills, Regal Stevens Builder-Developer, E.F. San Juan Custom Molding and Millwork, Sheltair, Fog City Blue, Club Drive Systems, 30A Cottages and Concierge, VIE Magazine, Lorraine Corcoran, McCullar and Company, Dr. and Mrs. Dave Snyder, Beach Properties of Florida, Thirty-A Review and Gulf Coast Restaurants.com.