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Lightspeed Aviation Foundation 2014 Nominations and Applications Are Open!

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Portland, OR — January 6, 2014 — Each year, through its Pilot's Choice Awards, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation recognizes a select group of deserving aviation nonprofit organizations that are actively promoting growth in aviation or using aviation to aid in humanitarian causes. Deadlines for the 2014 awards are rapidly approaching and the foundation is urging eligible groups to apply and interested parties to nominate their favorite organization.


Nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2014 midnight PST and applications will be accepted until February 3, 2014 midnight PST. Anyone may nominate an organization, but those organizations that are nominated will need to submit an application, if they have not yet done so. A group of finalists will be selected from the applicant pool for the opportunity to compete for one of the ten Pilot's Choice Awards grants. Nomination and grant application forms are available at LightspeedAviationFoundation.org.


The foundation strongly recommends that grant applicants have a designated development director, website, Facebook page and the willingness and capacity to regularly engage and actively reach out to new supporters.


"Mounting a successful voting campaign for the Pilot's Choice Awards requires creativity, tenacity, and teamwork across the organization's member base," said Allan Schrader, Lightspeed Aviation Foundation founder and president. "Finalists are rewarded with re-energized boards, heightened member engagement, and an elevated awareness of their mission well beyond their own constituents."


To help boost these effects, the foundation is ready to provide marketing support and heightened exposure. And grant applicants have found that the seven months of publicity while the voting is active is an effective platform from which to reach out to new and existing constituencies for votes.


"During the four years we have been doing this, we have been heartened to see how the process of competing for the Pilot's Choice Awards gives the organizations a meaningful platform to tell their story," said Schrader. "It is our desire not only to reward the fine work these groups are doing through the grants themselves, but to lift them up to gain more exposure for their cause."


Those who nominate a charity and "Like" the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/LightspeedAF) will be entered to win a pair of Lightspeed Aviator sunglasses valued at $350. The winner of the sunglasses will be contacted via email and announced on the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Facebook page in February of 2014.


The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation was established in 2010 out of the commitment and passion of the Lightspeed Aviation Corporation to serve the aviation community. Since introducing its first product at EAA AirVenture in 1996, Lightspeed Aviation has established a reputation for leading product innovation in aviation headsets with a number of "first to market" advances in comfort, quiet, clarity, and pilot-centric functionality. This has earned Lightspeed a loyal customer following among professional, commercial, and private pilots.


LAF Contact:


Bill Dolan 
Phone (503) 698-5540  

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