Our Mission: Celebrating aviation- honoring its past & inspiring its future
The Stuart Air Show highlights the importance of aviation and the service of Veterans. It also provides hundreds of opportunities to schools and school age children to learn about aviation, American history and about the Armed Forces. On Friday afternoon prior to the show, schools and children service agencies from all over the Treasure Coast participate in the show for free, allowing underserved children and families an opportunity to see and be a part of the experience. The Air Show is also a ‘fundraiser’ as well as a ‘friendraiser’ for many non profit organizations. Each year the Stuart Air show donates tens of thousands of dollars to area charities as well as service programs for children and Veterans.
We promote a safe, family entertainment event while providing financial support to its benefiting non-profit organizations including: the Special Olympics, United Way of Martin County, Civil Air Patrol, as well as many other deserving community charities. We offer many different types fundraising opportunities for local non-profit organizations and community groups. Nearly a dozen organizations benefit each year.
Our air show is a three-day event featuring thrilling performances by nationally known performers as well as interesting and historical static displays of aircraft and vehicles. We provide multiple benefits to the surrounding community through our direct charitable giving, through fundraising opportunities for nonprofit and civic groups during the show, and through our significant impact on the local economy.
In 2018, we gave more than $25,000 to United Way of Martin County, Road to Victory Military Museum, Buffalo Soldiers, City of Stuart Police Explorers, Special Olympics, JD Parker Elementary, S.T.E.M Program, 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.
J.D. Parker Elementary
J.D. Parker Elementary is a STEM School
As a STEM school, J. D. Parker Elementary emphasizes a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics during instruction. In addition to subject-specific learning, STEM aims to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills.
J.D. Parker utilizes many resources in order to reinforce the importance of Math and Science like an Aviation Lab. J.D.Parker has received funding and support through Stuart Jet Center, Witham Field and Atlantic Aviation SUA to acquire an affective aviation lab. This lab is equipped with flight simulators and airplane models for students who are interested in Aviation. Our students are able to learn through hands on interaction, which proves to be most effective when grasping new concepts.
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 six-day, five-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 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.
St. Lucie Centennial High School NJROTC will be going to Parris Island, SC in early Oct. The funds provided by the Stuart Air Show really helps with cost for bus transportation. Thank you.
The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of South Florida would like to thank the Stuart Air Show and their many sponsors. The charitable donation we recieved 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.
Road to Victory Military Museum
The Road to Victory Military Museum in Stuart FL. honors and pays tribute to all the brave men and women who have served & are serving in our country’s armed forces. It has displays of historical artifacts, uniforms, militaria, photographs, and vehicles.
In many communities across the nation, museums have become trusted caretakers and sources of knowledge, serving the community in its exploration of history and experiences, generating ideas and inspiration. Our veterans were witness to history and they also made history. A museum provides permanent record and common ground for the community to learn that history. Martin County and the City of Stuart are rich in their own WWII history and now even more so with a museum and collection in the heart of the city.
For more info visit them on Facebook or call 703-835-4166
Interesting fact: The Road to Victory Military Museum started out in a 1942 Fruehauf tractor / military maintenance repair van.
High School Scholarships
The Stuart Air Show High School Scholarship program was developed in 2015 by Elisabeth Glynn, former Airshow Director. Through these scholarships the Stuart Air Show is able to support students with an interest in aviation and/or the Armed Services.
This year’s awardees:
1. MCHS – Andrea Reyes-Rodriguez
2. SFHS – Kyra Patterson
3. JBHS – Forrest Putnam
Congratulations to these hard working students!