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MSU Denver alum Scott McMillan leads the efforts in raising money and awareness for the Help Colorado Now program through a Flyover Fundraising Parade and Aerial Salute. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

Aerial parade supports Colorado COVID Relief Fund

WATCH: Classic planes take to the sky to honor essential workers and raise money for Coloradans in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

May 18, 2020

By Amanda Schwengel

More than 30 planes paraded over metro Denver on May 14 to honor essential workers and raise money for the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.

The fund is hosted by the state and Mile High United Way to “raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado.”

Lockheed Martin is matching all donations to the fund up to $500,000. Contributions can be made online.

The squadron of planes took off from Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield and looped the Denver Metro Area Front Range, from Longmont to Castle Rock, as both a salute to essential workers and a fundraising awareness platform for the Colorado COVID Relief Fund. Photo by Amanda Schwengel
The squadron of planes took off from Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield and looped the Denver Metro Area Front Range, from Longmont to Castle Rock, as both a salute to essential workers and a fundraising awareness platform for the Colorado COVID Relief Fund. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

Metropolitan State University of Denver alumnus Scott McMillan organized the event, which included a plane flown by Dagmar Kress, an aviation affiliate faculty member and coach of the University’s national champion Aerobatics and Glider Club.

“I must say I feel honored to be on the list of all these formation pilots,” Kress said. “This is the biggest formation I’ve ever participated in.”

And it was all to honor the essential workers keeping Colorado safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The fundraiser is really what this is all about,” McMillan said.


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