Submitted by: Frontier Airlines
Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions
Posted: Apr 26, 2002 – 12:00 AM EST
Apr. 26 /CSRwire/ - DENVER, Colorado - For the second consecutive year, Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq:FRNT) employees have teamed up with the March of Dimes in its mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.
Airline employees from throughout Frontier's system selected the charity as one of Frontier's two major fundraising initiatives for the year, and have raised money through a variety of company-sponsored activities. The fundraising campaign will culminate this Saturday, April 27, 2002, with the March of Dimes largest fundraising event of the year, WalkAmerica. Employee walkers and other volunteers on Frontier's behalf have collected sponsorships for the walk and Frontier will match all employee contributions to the March of Dimes campaign dollar for dollar.
WalkAmerica is the conclusion of many Frontier employee fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes including:
-- Donating to the cause through a model aircraft raffle.
-- Participating in lunchtime fundraisers, such as ice cream socials, pizza parties and "Be a Hero Day" where employees purchased a March of Dimes "Be a Hero" button and received a free hero sandwich.
-- Donating proceeds from a craft sale being held by and for Frontier employees.
"Last year, more than 500 Frontier employees and their family and friends contributed to March of Dimes fundraising efforts and more than 100 Frontier team members participated in WalkAmerica," explained Vice President, Communications Elise Eberwein. "Frontier is a family-oriented organization and the March of Dimes is a program that our employees truly support not only with their pocketbooks, but more importantly with their time. As Frontier grows, it becomes even more imperative that we, as a company, focus our philanthropic resources on causes that are important to our employees and that benefit the communities we serve, and for the past two years, the March of Dimes has been central to those goals."
"Thanks to the contributions of individuals and companies like Frontier, last year WalkAmerica, which is held in 1,400 communities in all 50 states, raised over $90 million," said Director of WalkAmerica Shelly Goodchild. "Together, we are truly making a difference for babies."
Denver-based Frontier Airlines is the second-largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport with a fleet of 30 aircraft and employing approximately 2,600 aviation professionals. Frontier and its affiliate Frontier JetExpress currently serve 31 U.S. cities with 170 daily flights. In 1999, 2000 and 2001, Frontier's maintenance and engineering department received the Federal Aviation Administration's highest award, the Diamond Certificate of Excellence, in recognition of 100 percent of its maintenance and engineering employees completing advanced aircraft maintenance training programs. In April 2002, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Frontier one of two "Best Low-Fare Airlines," and in September 2001, Fortune magazine ranked Frontier 41st on its 100 Fastest Growing Companies list. Frontier provides capacity information and other operating statistics on its Web site, which may be viewed at www.frontierairlines.com.
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