SkyWest Employees in Salt Lake City Spread Holiday Cheer

SkyWest Airlines Sub for Santa 2014

Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

This month the SkyWest Airlines InFlight and Flight Operations crews in Salt Lake City joined forces with those in the Customer Service Department to help fulfill the dreams of several local families in need.

These SkyWest groups worked together to serve Safe Harbor, a crisis center in Kaysville, Utah, with a Sub 4 Santa Christmas drive. Safe Harbor helps domestic violence survivors achieve a life free of violence by providing a healthy environment. They also provide the tools needed to rebuild confidence and help these families become self-sufficient. This is the second year these crews have teamed up to help Safe Harbor and no one hesitated to jump in again this year.

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To help spread the word for this year’s Sub 4 Santa, a Christmas tree was set up in the SkyWest Crew Lounge loaded with ornaments. Each ornament consisted of the needs or wants of a mother and her children from their Christmas lists. Nine families were adopted and there were more than 200 items requested, including winter coats, gloves, socks, blankets, boots and shoes. Other requested items included bikes, LEGO blocks, kitchen appliances, books, toys and games. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the SkyWest family, nearly all of the requests were fulfilled ahead of the Monday, Dec. 15 deadline. It is truly amazing to see the giving spirit of the SkyWest family as they have gone above and beyond the requests listed.

Just a few of the items loaded up for the adopted families!

A few items loaded up for the adopted families!

The ability to sacrifice and help others in a time of need is an amazing opportunity. It is a great reminder of what the holidays are truly about. And the overwhelming generosity shown by these incredible SkyWest employees every holiday season is remarkable!

SkyWest Flies 50 Children to the “North Pole”

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McKinnley Matson
Corporate Communications Coordinator

On Saturday night, Dec. 15, 2014, 50 Colorado Springs children flew to the “North Pole” on SkyWest Airlines’ Fantasy Flight. There they were able to experience the magic of Christmas at a special event dedicated just for them.

This is the eighth year running that SkyWest employees have partnered with community volunteers to organize the Fantasy Flight and transform Colorado Springs Airport’s East Terminal into a winter wonderland. The evening began with dinner, autographs from local Olympians, a petting zoo, face painting and a special appearance by Sky Sox baseball’s Sox the Fox mascot! The little passengers then boarded SkyWest Airlines flight 1225 to the “North Pole” and took off on what was, for many of them, their first flight.

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“Nobody got scared,” said Michele Warren, flight attendant – COS. “They all did a good job.”

As they took to the air, flight attendants sang Christmas carols with the kids (although not always in tune), and watched as the children gazed with wonder out the window at the world below them. After a magical, 30-minute flight filled with laughter and song, they had arrived at the “North Pole” (COS East Terminal). The children excitedly hopped off the plane and ran up the jet bridge, anxious to see Santa and tell him their dreams for Christmas morning.

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When they entered the room, they were greeted by family and friends, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves! They played games, did crafts, and snacked on cookies and hot chocolate while they opened the gifts that Santa brought them. The atmosphere at the “North Pole” was clear throughout the night: This was a magical experience that the kids and their families would remember for years to come.

“We’d like to do a lot more for the kids, but finances are tight and we don’t have a lot of money,” said Kris Dalton, a father of three daughters who participated in the event. “This is something really special.”

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Children aboard the Fantasy Flight are enrolled in CPCD’s early childhood education programs. These children live at or below the federal poverty level, have an identified special need, or have a fragile home situation that puts them at risk for school failure. Reaching out to provide them with a magical holiday event is always rewarding, and a lot of hard work and preparation goes into putting it together. Everything from dinner and the volunteers’ time, to the gifts, fuel and aircraft are all generously donated by SkyWest and all of the volunteers who are anxious to give back and help these children have a magical Christmas experience.

Jamie Young, SkyWest’s COS general manager said, “Seeing the kids and parents enjoy the event makes it all worth it!”

SkyWest Maintenance Team Helps Hundreds of Local Kids With A Free Toy Drive

SkyWest Airlines Maintenance Toy Drive 2015

McKinnley Matson
Corporate Communications Coordinator

This holiday season, SkyWest employees and teams across the country are reaching out to help those in need. Just recently, the maintenance team in Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) and their families volunteered with Laguardo Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee to offer a free toy store.

The “toy store,” held at the church, consisted of long tables filled with donated toys, games, bikes and more. Children and their families had the chance to browse through everything and were able to pick out their favorite items. Last year, the SkyWest team served more than 200 families – several with multiple children. However, after seeing some people turned away due to a lack of toys, they set a goal to help even more.

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“We were able to provide more than $5,000 in cash and toys for 300 children and their families,” said Ginger Steed, BNA admin assistant.

The huge success was possible thanks to many generous donations and a desire to give back.

“I think of the 300 smiling faces (plus the stress relieved from parents) come Christmas morning, the memories we created, and the impact that all of it has on everybody,” Ginger continued. “It gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside, and that’s what it’s all about!”

This is just one of the many opportunities SkyWest employees have taken to give back this holiday season. Big and small, they are always looking for ways to get involved and to give back to the communities where they live and work.

Elko, Nevada: A Journey Back to the Wild West!

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Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

This budding city may not be a major metropolis, but a rich history of Old West culture ensures Elko, Nevada has something of interest for everyone. Originally founded in 1869 as a cattle-ranching empire and railhead for the White Pine mines, the area has grown significantly. But the buckaroos who live there will attest that it hasn’t lost its historic charm.

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To really get a feel for what life was like in the Wild West, mosey on down to Elko’s Northeastern Nevada Museum. It’s recognized for the variety and quality of their exhibits. One of the most popular and visited exhibits statewide is an annual traveling show of Nevada photography. Currently on display is the American Mastodon exhibit. These rare, elephant-like fossils were actually found in the nearby city of Spring Creek! The museum also has a number of permanent exhibits, including a western saddle exhibit; a 1900s kitchen, school room and commercial printing press room; ranching, mining and railroad displays; a collection of Native American blankets and beadwork; and more.

If experiencing Nevada’s natural Western beauty in on the agenda, there’s plenty of opportunity for that, too. The Ruby Mountains are considered one of America’s most beautiful mountain ranges, and they’re only a hop, skip and a jump away. Hike along endless miles of trails, and past roaring waterfalls and blazing wildflowers. For a less strenuous outdoor excursion, take a drive along the 12-mile Lamoille Canyon Scenic byway and see why the area is known as the “Grand Canyon” of Nevada.

Elko Nevada Gold Mines

Visitors can also take a free tour of the local gold mines. But be sure to wear long pants and sturdy shoes; sandals, shorts and tank tops aren’t allowed on site. Mining has been an integral part of Nevada’s history for centuries. In fact, Northern Nevada is the country’s largest gold producer. Though the mines are operated much differently than they were in the 1800s, the Nevada Mining Association offers numerous workshops and activities to help spark the historical spirit of mining in the area.

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Of course, to really be part of the excavation action, a trip to one of the plentiful rockhounding sites is a must. These locales are perfect for the miners and geologists at heart. Dig among Nevada’s natural landscape and discover rocks and minerals, including petrified wood, black shale, brachiopods, jasper and more.

With a number of period-refurbished hotels and locally owned eateries, Elko provides plenty of avenues to get a feel for 19th century Old West lifestyle. And the easiest way to start a journey back to the Wild West is by booking a convenient flight with SkyWest, operating as Delta Connection, from Salt Lake City International Airport. Remember, the best fares can always be found on delta.com.

Slamming Cancer One Dunk at a Time

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Layne Watson
Corporate Communications Coordinator

SkyWest’s history is one full of ambition and perseverance. It’s little wonder then that SkyWest people and their families exhibit those same attributes. Need proof? Look no further than five-year-old JP Gibson, grandson of SkyWest Crew Time Coordinator Sherri Gibson. JP was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the age of two. Since then he has faced the disease with so much determination and tenacity that even the Utah Jazz took notice and signed JP to a contract in October.

Signing Contract

Fulfilling his dream of joining the Jazz, thanks to the Anything Can Be project, JP quickly took the sports and media worlds by storm. After signing his one-day contract in the presence of Jazz executives and media personnel, JP took to the court to showcase his skills. He entered the Jazz preseason, intrasquad scrimmage to a huge ovation from the thousands of fans in attendance at the Energy Solutions Arena.

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This phenomenal boy has not only achieved his goal of playing for the Jazz, but he and his family have brought increased awareness and funding to pediatric cancer. His parents, Josh and Megan, have become active lobbyists for pediatric cancer care and are involved with CureSearch in Salt Lake City. And even though he’s only five, JP has brought hope and courage to people across the country.

JP’s story is filled with hope and determination, and is a testament to the human spirit that is displayed by SkyWest people and their families every day. Please join the entire SkyWest team in supporting JP in his fight against cancer, and wishing him a long and healthy life!

Discover Historical Americana in Springfield, Illinois!

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Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

Springfield, Illinois has all the makings of a classic American tour as history comes alive with multiple legendary stops along the way. Discover the home of Abraham Lincoln and explore more Lincoln-specific historic sites than anywhere in the U.S. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, literally, by exploring Route 66. Another must-do in Springfield is a visit to the Dana-Thomas House, designed by world-renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd-Wright.

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Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield home has proven to be an irresistible attraction to visitors. Restored to its Greek Revival splendor, the residence attracts scores of visitors each year. Tickets are free but visitors should be aware that they are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis at the visitor center. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are also must-see stops in Springfield. The museum is one of the most visited presidential museums in the nation and for good reason. Visitors can experience the entire Lincoln story under one roof, including dazzling special effects theaters featuring historical ghosts and a Civil War battlefield.

Route 66 Drive in Theater

Get your kicks on Route 66, America’s main street! The Illinois section of this nostalgic roadway includes travel through hometown neighborhoods, along with the Cozy Dog Drive In and the Route 66 Twin Drive In Theatre in Springfield itself. Cozy Dog earned its name and became a part of the history as the birthplace of the “cozy dog” hot dog on a stick that is now found nation-wide at county and state fairs. At the Route 66 Twin Drive In, take a step back in time to savor one of America’s favorite past-times with a movie under the stars. This newly restored movie experience shows double features nightly from Memorial Day through Labor Day, providing great family entertainment in a clean and safe environment.

Dana Thomas House Springfield

One of Springfield’s most impressive local treasures is the unparalleled Dana Thomas House, designed by Frank Lloyd-Wright. The home, designed for a Springfield socialite, was his first “blank check” commission and features 35 rooms in the 12,000 square feet of living space on three main levels. (There are actually 16 varying levels in total.) Beyond being an architectural masterpiece of international significance, the home also features the largest collection of site-specific original glass and furniture. The Dana Thomas House is the best preserved and most complete of all of Wright’s early “Prairie” houses and is a must-see in Springfield.

Begin a classic Americana journey to historic Springfield by booking a convenient SkyWest flight, operating as United Express from Chicago-O’Hare International Airport. The best fares can be found at United.com.

Charlottesville: Three Must-See Presidential Estates

Charlottesville

Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

Virginia is an American hotspot for historical sites and is a great location to experience early American history, legendary personas and to check out impressive monuments. Located in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville in particular has a rich historical and cultural legacy, including ties to three of the nation’s founding fathers, all of whom would later become U.S. presidents.

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Indulge in presidential history by first visiting Ash Lawn-Highland, home to James Monroe who was the fifth president of the U.S. This 550-acre estate recreates the working farm atmosphere of its original use, and tours of both the house and gardens are available. Of particular note are the recently restored interiors, the 200-year-old boxwood gardens and views from most directions on the grounds. Special events throughout the year also help to bring history to life at this unique abode, including activities like Yuletide festivities and James Monroe’s birthday celebration.

Montpelier

In nearby Orange, continue the presidential journey with a visit to Montpelier, home to James Madison, the fourth president and the Father of the Constitution. James Madison and his wife Dolley were quite social and regularly invited guests to the estate, the focus of which was the central mansion. Today, visitors can tour the first floor, including the entertaining spaces that were frequently filled by the Madisons and a presidential library filled with the books and treatises that highlight the genius of James Madison. The Montpelier grounds also offer 2,650 acres of rolling hills and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a great place to experience old growth forest and formal gardens, as well as hands-on archeological demonstrations.

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Perhaps the crowning jewel of Charlottesville’s historic landmarks is Monticello, home to Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the U.S. The estate is world-renowned and very closely reflects the aesthetics and architectural ideals of Jefferson himself. Jefferson designed the main mansion based upon neoclassical principles but incorporated his own unique design solutions. In fact, he spent 40 years designing, dismantling and reimagining the estate, which he referred to as “his essay in architecture.” Monticello is also known for its extensive gardens which Jefferson, an avid horticulturist, painstakingly designed, tended and monitored.

Begin an amazing historical tour through American presidential history with a convenient SkyWest Airlines flight, operating as American Eagle, from Chicago O’Hare. The best fares can be found at aa.com.

Explore Winter Fun in Hibbing, Minnesota!

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Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

Hibbing is the largest city located within Minnesota’s Iron Range, an informally named area of the Northeastern part of the state known for rich, iron ore deposits. Hibbing itself boomed as a center for mining and was even relocated in its early days when a vein of iron ore was discovered immediately beneath downtown, which carried more value that the town itself! Today, the original streets, street lamps and foundations can still be seen in a park straddling the open-pit mine.

While Hibbing holds its position as an early 20th century economic hot bed, today it is also a center for recreation, especially when it comes to the treasure trove of winter sports available to visitors and residents alike.

Hibbing is home to the largest curling club in Minnesota, and a great place to view and to try this Olympic winter sport, which involves sliding stones along a sheet of ice towards a target area. A great deal of teamwork, skill and strategy go into curling and is why the sport is often referred to as “chess on ice.” The Hibbing Curling Club hosts the largest curling tournament in the United States with more than 120 teams competing annually.

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Hibbing is also the perfect epicenter to begin outdoor winter fun with several resorts nearby. Ski Magazine named Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort the number one Minnesota ski resort and is a top five pick in the American Midwest. Located a convenient 45 minute drive from Hibbing’s Range Regional Airport, Giants Ridge offers 35 downhill runs, more than 37 miles of Nordic trails, show shoe trails and a fantastic snow tubing park that’s appropriate for the whole family. Plus, all of this is offered in breathtaking scenery adjacent to the Superior National Forrest.

Giants Ridge Ski

Winter Frolic is an extremely popular scholarship/pageant event for young women that has expanded into an area-wide winter festival spanning two weeks in late January and early February. Activities include a sliding party with the scholarship candidates, a city-wide treasure hunt, an illuminated ski night and fishing contest. All of these activities finally culminate in the crowing of the new Winter Frolic Queen.

Find out first-hand what the area’s winter wonderland is like by booking a convenient SkyWest flight, operating as Delta Connection, with non-stop service between Hibbing and Minneapolis. The best fares can be found at www.Delta.com.

 

SkyWest Flight Attendant Bests Breast Cancer

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Rob Brewer
Emerging Media Coordinator

In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. and approximately 40,000 women will die from this disease according to the American Cancer Society. And SkyWest people are out making a difference! From participating in walks and fundraising cook-offs to sporting pink awareness attire, our people are taking action to raise awareness and funds to help fight breast cancer.

Julie Bruno, a Denver, Colorado-based flight attendant, shares her story of survival and explains how the diagnosis helped motivate her to accomplish her dream of joining our InFlight Department. The following is Julie’s brave and determined account!

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I started my career with SkyWest in Colorado Springs, Colorado as a customer service agent in October 2006. After getting some experience in Customer Service, my plan was to transfer to InFlight in the spring, but I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2007.

I will never forget that day. I went for my annual mammogram like I did every year. After the exam, I was told that the doctor wanted to speak with me. The nurse shuffled me into his office and all I saw were my X-ray films hanging on a white screen. The films were lit up from behind as to not miss a single detail. Nothing was said. The silence made my blood run cold. The doctor finally said, “You have cancer.” The only thing I could think to say was, “Am I going to die?”

That day my world had blown up and would never be the same. Things happened so quickly; trying to get a hold of my emotions was nearly impossible. My decision to have surgery and reconstruction was one of the toughest. Over the next seven months, I cried a lot, laughed a lot, loved a lot, prayed a whole lot and found people that have become my very close friends. I look at my world much differently now than before, and with good reason. My family, my faith in God, and a positive attitude got me through my toughest and darkest hours. I told myself that when I recovered I was going to make that jump to InFlight, which I did in August 2007.

I have been cancer-free for more than seven years now, and I would like to share my story with other women and their families who have experienced breast cancer. Many of us and our families (mine included) have been touched by cancer. We can benefit from each other’s personal stories which give hope and encouragement for a bright future. I hope we can all take this month, and every month, to bring awareness to breast cancer research and prevention.