Guests at 723 Whiskey Bravo came together Feb. 8 as Skip Moore hosted a Party with a Purpose to celebrate 2013 HALO Award Recipient, his wife Victoria Moore. She was recognized for “Helping Achieve Life-changing Outcomes” through her outstanding efforts as a dedicated Angel Flight Soars volunteer.
The Angel Flight mission is to arrange free air transportation for people who need to travel to receive lifesaving medical treatment, but lack the means. Angel Flight believes illness isn’t stopped by boundaries and cures shouldn’t be either — whether the boundaries are geographic or monetary. Angel Flight helps families focus on getting better instead of worrying about how to get there. Presenting sponsor JMS Burn Center’s Sherry Viddetto was thrilled to be part of the event saying, “Without the help of Angel Flight we could not see and treat as many patients as we do.”
With 150 attendees, the Party with a Purpose successfully raised more than $85,000 for Angel Flight. Sponsorships, ticket sales and a “Raise the Paddle” to fund Angel Flight missions contributed to the monies raised as well as Whiskey Bravo’s Bravo the Bear campaign, where diners have been rounding up after meals to support the cause. The evening’s “White Party” theme encouraged attendees to adhere to a “white chic” dress code and promised culinary flights of seafood, sweets and savory treats. The elegant white décor included aviation elements, industrial accents, a white dessert bar and over one thousand paper airplanes hanging from the ceiling, all folded by local Girl Scout Troop 306.
New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton took a moment to appreciate Victoria. “The Moores are the type of people you meet and know instantly that you’ll be friends for life. Victoria is caring, hard-working and full of heart. This award is well-deserved and I’m honored to present it to her tonight.”
Victoria and husband Skip, owners of 723 Whiskey Bravo, have been active with the organization, serving on the Angel Flight Board of Directors and flying missions that transport patients in need to their medical treatments around the country. One of their most memorable missions was with Kevin, a seven year old from Valdosta who was diagnosed with cancer. Kevin, now 11, was on hand for the party to thank the Moores and Angel Flight, even sharing that he is excited about his upcoming mission for a checkup to confirm that he is still in remission.
“Angel Flight and the families we serve are incredibly blessed to have such kind-hearted volunteers and supporters like Victoria Moore,” said Jeanine Chambers, executive director of Angel Flight Soars. “Thanks to their tireless dedication and continued commitment, we are able to be a silver lining for thousands of families.”
"There is no better reward than to help someone receive needed medical care that would not otherwise have been available to them,” said Victoria. “I’m honored to be part of such a special organization.”