Republic Airways is proud to announce the eighth annual Pulling For Wishes Plane Pull will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Republic Airways hangar on the grounds of Indianapolis International Airport. The event benefits three Indianapolis organizations dedicated to serving the children of our community — the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent and Riley Children’s Foundation. The Plane Pull event begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public (free of charge). It will feature aircraft tours, food, music and the Kroger Kid Activity Zone. Special guests include Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett and Indianapolis 500/NASCAR driver John Andretti.
“Our Associates are driven and devoted to this event, and most importantly, they embrace the importance of helping children who need it the most,” said Amy Chiappe, Republic’s director of corporate and community responsibility. “Our partnership with these leading organizations is a special bond that we cherish, because together we help make a difference for those who deserve it most.”
Brissett and Super Bowl champion and Colts linebacker legend Robert Mathis will co-host the event’s evening Gala at Prime 47 restaurant in Carmel. Information on how to sponsor a table or to purchase tickets to the Gala can be found at www.indywish.org.
Last year, the Plane Pull raised more than $500,000 to benefit health and well-being initiatives at the three organizations. The event has raised more than $2 million since it was launched in 2011.
To join this tug-of-war against a 24-ton aircraft, each team of 10 people (three must be female) must raise at least $500 in pledges or donations. Prizes are awarded for the top two fastest team pulls, as well as best team costume. Teams have consisted of students, pro athletes and business leaders.
Joe Staysniak, sports radio talk show host for 107.5-FM/1070-AM The Fan and a former Indianapolis Colts player, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the Plane Pull.
The Plane Pull is dedicated to the memory of Tyler Frenzel. Tyler’s wish to visit Disney World was granted by the Indianapolis-based nonprofit Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, which grants wishes to children ages 3-18 suffering life-threatening illnesses.
For more information or to register a team, go to www.rjet.com/community or www.indywish.org.