Spirit AeroSystems Charity Golf Classic awards $400,000 in grants to nonprofit community partners

Spirit AeroSystems announced today that 21 grants from the Spirit AeroSystems Charity Golf Classic will contribute $400,000 to nonprofit organizations in Kansas, Oklahoma and North Carolina, which is more than double the amount raised in previous years.

Spirit AeroSystems Charity Golf Classic presented checks to Kansas grant recipients at an event held at Spirit headquarters.

The 2017 grant recipients are:

Hunger Relief: $145,000

Community Food Bank of East Oklahoma
Kansas Food Bank
Mary’s Kitchen Food Bank of North Carolina
Senior Services, Meals on Wheels

Education: $125,000

Boy Scouts of America Quivira Council
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation
The Pando Initiative
Real Men Real Heroes
Sigma Pi Phi Business Fraternity
Society of Women Engineers Wichita
Wichita Public Library Foundation
Wichita Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

Health & Wellness: $130,000

Lenoir-Green United Way
Rainbows United
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Special Olympics Kansas
United Way of the Plains
Tulsa Area United Way
Wichita Children’s Home

The annual Spirit Charity Golf Classic event raises money for nonprofit organizations in Spirit communities and builds relationships with Spirit’s supplier partners. Since its founding in 2011, the classic has raised $1.2 million for charity. Funds raised at the annual event support children’s charities providing hunger relief, educational opportunities and health and wellness programs.

“Our combined efforts in raising funds at the Spirit Charity Golf Classic makes a huge impact on the communities where Spirit employees live and work,” said Ron Rabe, Spirit senior vice president of Fabrication and Supply Chain. “These nonprofit organizations are critical to providing much-needed community services, especially for at-risk youth. We’re excited and proud that this year we can make double the impact with double the funds.”

The seventh annual Spirit Charity Golf Classic was held Aug. 31, 2017. The private event recognizes Spirit AeroSystems suppliers with a day of golf and hospitality events while raising money for charitable organizations.

Checks were presented to recipients at an event held at Spirit AeroSystems headquarters Dec. 6. Spirit will also present checks at manufacturing locations in Oklahoma and North Carolina.