PRESS RELEASE - 50th Anniversary

Centennial Airport
Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority
7800 S. Peoria St.
Englewood, CO 80112
www.centennialairport.com

No: 2018-001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 31, 2018

Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger to headline Centennial Airport 50th anniversary event

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ pilot to share personal story, images to benefit airport’s local aviation and aerospace education scholarship program


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Today, the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority announced Centennial Airport will celebrate its 50th anniversary, this year, with a year-long commemoration of the airport’s rich history in the Denver Technological Center, its half-century of aviation excellence, and the Centennial Airport Foundation’s contributions to local aviation and aerospace education.

Pilot, author, speaker and safety expert Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger will headline a special anniversary luncheon on May 25, 2018 in Denver, CO., sharing his credo of “leadership by personal example” as well as the life lessons that prepared him to handle the unprecedented crisis known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

Named one of 2009’s 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine, Sullenberger became an international hero on Jan. 15, 2009, when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s icy Hudson River. The event became the inspiration for the Oscar®-nominated motion picture Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood, with Academy Award®-winning actor Tom Hanks in the lead role as Sullenberger.

“From humble beginnings in 1968, Centennial Airport has grown to become one of the most respected, premier business airports in the nation,” said Centennial Airport Chief Executive Officer Robert Olislagers. “More importantly, the airport has proven itself as an integral part of the economic success of the Denver South Metro area, and being able to celebrate 50 years of aviation excellence with
Captain Sullenberger, who exemplifies excellence in aviation, is a fitting tribute to not only the airport, but to all who have made our success possible.”

The gala luncheon will be held Friday, May 25, 2018, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver, CO.

“While we certainly want this event to be a fitting tribute to our 50th year, this event is not so much about us, but more about the Centennial Airport Foundation, and expanding its ability to financially support more local STEM education programs, particularly those focused on aviation and aerospace,” added Olislagers.

Since 2005, Centennial Airport Foundation, a 501(c)3 has generated more than $140,000 to support local scholarships to Colorado aviation and aerospace programs and students.

Tickets to attend the 50th anniversary gala are available at www.centennialairport.com. All proceeds from ticket sales will go fund future Centennial Airport Foundation aviation and aerospace scholarships.


EDITORIAL IMAGE DOWNLOAD: Sullenberger Portrait (Courtesy Photo)


Sponsorship Opportunities for Partners

Centennial Airport offers sponsors unique brand exposure and the opportunity to join our high-value audience composed of general aviation and aerospace leaders, such as: our 50th Anniversary presenting “Flight Deck” sponsor, Jeppesen, our “First Class” sponsor, TAC Air; our “Business Class” sponsors: Signature Flight Support, Denver International Airport; our “Coach XL” sponsors: Denver jetCenter, Citywide Bank, and our “Coach Class” sponsors: Park Meadows, South Metro Fire Rescue, Ridge Gate, International Jet, Roger Mangan State Farm, Denver South East Business Partnership, Gulfstream, Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, Front Range Airport, and the City of Centennial.

To learn more about tickets or table sponsorship, visit www.centennialairport.com or contact Robin Loughran, at 720-985-8580 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ABOUT CENTENNIAL AIRPORT

Located in the heart of the prestigious Denver Tech Center, Centennial Airport (KAPA) connects people, places, and product—at the speed of flight. With more than 340,000 operations per year, it ranks among the busiest general aviation airports in the nation, generating approximately $1.4 billion in economic impact. Under the direction of the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority, the airport is home to four award-winning FBOs, seven flight schools and around-the-clock FAA air traffic control.


ABOUT THE CENTENNIAL AIRPORT FOUNDATION

Founded in 2005, the Centennial Airport Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization that supports local STEM education and programs—particularly those with an emphasis on aviation and aerospace. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $140,000 in grant and scholarship funds to local schools, colleges, universities, and industry-related charities.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.centennialairportfoundation.org.

CONTACT:

Media Relations
Deborah Grigsby Smith, Media and Communications Manager
Phone: 720-272-4992 (cell/text)
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Tickets and Sponsorships

Robin Loughran, Event Planner
Phone: 720-985-8580 (cell)
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