NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced the successful return of its annual Swing for Good fundraising campaign and the launch of its Bid for Good online auction. Since its launch in 2008, the airline’s fundraising initiative has raised more than $8 million in total through its golf classic and online auction to support and promote JetBlue’s list of nonprofit organizations . Proceeds from this year’s campaign will directly benefit World Central Kitchen and the JetBlue Foundation.
“We are thrilled to bring back our annual Swing for Good initiative and welcome our members to an event that is bigger than just a day of golf, but has lasting impacts through the funds raised,” he said. Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue. “At JetBlue, our mission is to inspire humanity, and we do that best by living our company values, every day, and taking our charitable efforts to new heights with the support of the JetBlue Foundation.”
Join JetBlue in giving
The Swing for Good campaign includes the launch of JetBlue’s Bid for Good online auction, powered by Charitybuzz, featuring unique opportunities and experiences. This auction is open to the public today through October 21, 2022 at JetBlueBidforGood.com.
Some of JetBlue’s exclusive Bid for Good auction lots include:
A business lunch with JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes
A flight training experience in the JetBlue flight simulator at JetBlue University in Orlando, Florida
VIP sports experiences with the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Brooklyn Nets, Florida Panthers or New England Patriots
A day of golf with JetBlue’s top leaders and executives
JetBlue Vacations packages and much more
Swing for Good 2022 nonprofit grantees include:
world Central Cuisine, Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, it is a non-profit organization that is the first on the front lines providing fresh meals in response to crises, while working to build resilient food systems with locally-led solutions. Using a fast-acting model, leveraging local resources and adapting in real time, WCK has served more than 200 million nutritious meals around the world.
“We are grateful to be a part of Swing for Good and for JetBlue’s ongoing support,” he said. Erich Broksas, COO and Interim Co-Executive Leader, World Central Kitchen. “Whether it’s providing travel for our team, sending crew members to volunteer, or filling an entire plane with supplies, JetBlue proves time and time again that we share the belief that food is more than just food.”
JetBlue and WCK have been consistent partners; working together to provide meals and disaster relief aid across the airline network in times of need. Most recently, JetBlue and WCK joined forces to provide relief in Fort Myers Beach due to the substantial aftermath of Hurricane Ian. JetBlue volunteers, along with the WCK team, served hot meals to local residents and first responders, while assigning additional volunteers to support food preparation and distribution efforts at the WCK Field Kitchen.
By partnering with organizations on the ground and activating a network of local restaurants, food trucks or emergency kitchens, WCK serves comfort foods to disaster survivors quickly and effectively, with the belief that good food brings not just food but also consolation and hope. , especially in times of crisis. More information at wck.org.
The JetBlue Foundation provides financial, in-kind, mentoring support to educational programs and pipeline initiatives focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and aviation to ensure even more women and traditionally underrepresented groups are present in hangars, boardrooms, airports and airlines Corporate offices of the future. Since 2013, the JetBlue Foundation has built lasting relationships with nearly 100 STEM and aviation-focused programs, providing more than $2.7 million in grants and in-kind support to help these programs get off the ground. The JetBlue Foundation promotes JetBlue’s work to put aviation top of mind as a future career option for students. For more information, visit jetbluefoundation.org.
JetBlue For Good®, JetBlue’s platform for social impact and corporate responsibility
Since its launch in 2016, the JetBlue For Good initiative has united and supported all the areas that are most important to the airline’s customers and crew: community, youth/education and the environment. JetBlue’s core programs and partnerships create direct change in the areas where its customers and crewmembers live and work by improving education and providing access to those traditionally underserved. Giving back to the communities it serves has always been at the core of JetBlue’s mission to inspire humanity, and through JetBlue For Good initiatives, the airline ensures that all crew members and their passions can have the same motto: be good, for the good of all.
Customers are encouraged to join JetBlue in doing good throughout the year through JetBlue’s TrueBlue points donation platform. TrueBlue loyalty members can donate their points to a variety of charities and causes, including the World Central Kitchen and the JetBlue Foundation. All donated points go directly to the selected charity, and each charity can use the points to travel for their organization.
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline® and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue flies customers to more than 100 destinations in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information and the best fares, visit jetblue.com.