The mission of Stuart Air Show, Inc. is to promote a safe, family entertainment event while providing financial support to its benefiting non-profit organizations including: the Martin County Community Foundation, Road to Victory Military Museum, Special Olympics, United Way of Martin County, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, as well as many other deserving community charities. The air show offers many different types fundraising opportunities for local non-profit organizations and community groups. Nearly a dozen organizations benefit from the show each year.
The air show is a 3 day event featuring thrilling performances by nationally known performers as well as interesting and historical static displays of aircraft and vehicles. The Stuart Air Show continues to provide multiple benefits to the surrounding community through its direct charitable giving, through fundraising opportunities for nonprofit and civic groups at the show, and through its significant impact on the local economy.
High School Scholarship Opportunities
The Stuart Air Show will bestow a scholarship to any student from any school who displays leadership, solid academic progress, and financial need. An application form will be made available in September.
This past year (2016), more than $25,000 was distributed to the following charitable partners: United Way of Martin County, Road to Victory Military Museum, Buffalo Soldiers, city of Stuart Police Explorers, Venture Crew, Special Olympics, Martin County Community Foundation, Civil Air Patrol, and the St. Lucie Centennial High School NJROTC.
United Way of Martin County
United Way of Martin County is committed to the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. Funds from The Stuart Airshow were put right to work, improving lives for our neighbors through more than 50 local programs. Families struggling to put food on the table received much needed relief, students in low-income households got off to a good start in school, at-risk youth learned critical vocational and technical skills, and much more. For a full list of the programs/services supported by United Way of Martin County, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org.
Martin County Community Foundation
The Martin County Community Foundation is so pleased to be able to pay forward the gift made to the Foundation to the matching pool of funds used during the Great Give. The Great Give takes place annually and it is a day dedicated to charitable giving. Individuals can register and give to their local charity of choice and a percentage of that gift is matched through what is called a bonus pool. The Great Give takes place this year on May 17th. Standby for more information. Following the Great Give day we can report how many Martin County charities participated, how much was donated and how much was matched! This is a great way to ensure that many local charities benefit from the gift made by the Stuart Air Show to the Martin County Community Foundation. Historically the gift has touched various organizations focused on children, elders, animals, arts, culture, environment, education, etc.
Road to Victory Military Museum
The Road to Victory Military Museum and the BSA Venture Crew #2804 have been the grateful recipient of funds from the partnership we have with the Stuart Air Show.
The primary mission of the museum and Venture Crew is to keep the memory of these United States and Stuart’s/Martin County’s involvement in the military preparedness to defend our freedoms at home and abroad especially during WW2. The Venture Crew participates in various functions around the local area, from parades, local museum displays, living history events, supporting local Honor Flight activities, and play a part in local Veteran Organization charitable fundraisers. Our Treasure Coast public and private schools visit the museum to educate their students to significant events in American History dating from the civil war to current day events. Many of the museum volunteers and docents are veterans and answer the students and educators many questions not found in current history books.
Throughout the years, this partnership helps keep the museum open to the public for zero entrant fees. The donations have assisted the volunteers in repairing the museum building (a WW2 barracks building), WW2 / Vietnam era vehicles that participate in local functions, parades, the Stuart Air Show and the upkeep of the displays. This past year’s Stuart Air Show donation is going to help with partial funding of the expansion of the museum during 2017. The museum is strictly all volunteers. There is no paid staff and we are proud to say we have some of the best volunteers who help keep the museum open to the public.
The Stuart Police Explorer Post 898
"The Stuart Police Explorer Post 878 would like to thank the Board and the those that visit the Stuart Air Show. The donation that is generously given by the Board every is used to send explorers to a 6 day 5 night Law Enforcement Explorer Academy where they learn the skills needed to be successful in school, law enforcement, and life. Without this donation we would not be able to provide this life changing training to our youth."
Special Olympics Florida-Martin County provides year around Olympic type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities and provides them with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness skills, express courage, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
More than a 180 children and adults with intellectual disabilities participate in local, area, and state events at no charge to the athlete. Athletes range in age from 8 to 80 ability levels.
Special Olympics Florida is a registered 501(c)3, nonprofit organization in the state of Florida. Through fundraising and public/private donations, we raise the money necessary to support our program. We receive no financial assistance from the United Way or any state or federal funding. In addition, all of the donations we receive remain in Martin County.
Over the years the continued support by the Stuart Air Show of our program has help us grow our program. We continue to reach out to other individual and their families with intellectual disabilities.
Civil Air Patrol
The Stuart Air Show (SAS) put into practice one of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Core Values - Volunteer Service. Cadets spent a weekend parking cars, interacting with air show visitors and providing security for the flight line and helicopter flights. It brought out the best of character traits in our volunteers, especially young cadets - most of then 12 - 15 years old. It was truly a demonstration of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence and Respect (IVER) in making a difference and impacting our community.
We will be going to Parris Island, SC in early Oct. The funds provided by the air show really helps with cost for bus transportation. We Thank you and the Air Show for the opportunity to serve our communities of the Treasure Coast.
High School Scholarships
We gave away three scholarships for $250 each in 2017. Elisabeth Glynn the previous Director started the scholarship program in 2016. This year we gave the scholarships to: Martin County High School – McKenna Cook, South Fork High School – Noah Pack, Jensen Beach High School - Hanna Robertson. They were presented by several members of the board on scholarship nights, including Ron Rowars, Amy Bottegal and Doug Davis.
The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of South Florida would like to thank the Stuart Airshow and their many sponsors. The charitable donation from the Airshow enabled the BSMCSF to give scholarships to deserving students on the Treasure Coast. The BSMCSF donated to the Hibiscus House for Children of Martin County for their activity program. We also took children from the Building Bridges to Youth Program of Stuart and the Children Home Society of Vero Beach school shopping. With your continue support of the Stuart Airshow, the BSMCSF will be able to continue to supporting scholarship programs and children programs on the Treasure Coast. Thanks to the Stuart Airshow and its many sponsors.
Enforcers Motorcycle Club
The Enforcers Motorcycle Club consists of members who have served this great country of ours as well as the other countries we represent and consider our allies. We are not only limited to members of Law Enforcement, Military, Public Safety or family and friends of, but also represent American Patriots and their allies. As our original motto states 'America's Freedoms Enforced!' Our mission is to support America's Freedoms First!