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2019 GWAO Brochure

2019 GWAO Brochure

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About GWAO

Smiling Ace

Since 1989 GWAO has raised nearly $1.6 million dollars for charity. That makes even a cool aviator crack a smile!

 

The Greater Washington Aviation Open (GWAO) is the largest aviation charity event in Washington, DC. It has attracted thousands of aviation, defense, and government leaders from all across the country and the world for overthree decades. 

The GWAO charity tournament started in 1989 with the support of a few aviation associations, primarily, the Airport Consultants Council, the Air Line Pilots Association, the Air Transport Association, and the National Business Aircraft Association. The purpose of the tournament was to bring the aviation community together to enjoy a day out of the office, with fellow aviation industry leaders and friends, and to donate the proceeds from the event to a worthy cause. 

In 1989, the GWAO was honored to have US Senator Wendell Ford as its Honorary Chairman and the tournament proceeds of $7,500 went to Kentucky Educational Television for nationwide General Education Degree (GED) programming. The tournament at Manor Country Club in Maryland drew a very good crowd including then US DOT Secretary Sam Skinner. 

For the past two years, GWAO has supported Airlink and the Veterans Airlift Command. Utilizing the power of aviation as a force for good, Airlink works with airline partners and industry supporters to deliver logistical expertise and transportation response in the wake of natural disaster and other humanitarian crises. VAC provides free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes, through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. VAC’s priority is veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The GWAO features a live auction following the golf tournament and Victory Reception. The airline tickets, hotel/resort packages, and prizes are second to none and serve to generate almost half of the tournament proceeds. The GWAO has enjoyed tremendous support from several major aviation and defense companies over the years and we welcome new sponsors.  

The Greater Washington Aviation Open is very proud to have raised almost $1.7 million for deserving charities and the people they serve. In the spirit of the tournament’s founders and Board of Directors, we look forward to welcoming you to a wonderful day of camaraderie with your friends and peers, “Fore a great time…Fore a great cause.”

Tournament History

Honorary Chairs

2019
Congressman Garret Graves

2018
The Honorable Jane Garvey and Will Ris

2017
Michael P. Huerta

2016
Tim Keating

2015
U.S. Representative Rick Larsen

2014
U.S. Congressman Sam Graves

2013
Rep. Hal Rogers
Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations

2012
John E "Jack" Potter
MWAA

2011
Robert "Bob" McCarthy

2010
Clay Jones

2009
Bruce Whitman

2008
Jack Pelton

2007
Pete Bunce

2006
Rep. Joe Knollenberg

2005
Rep. Todd Tiahrt

2004
Gov. Robert Ehrlich

2003
Rep. Martin Olav Sabo

2002
Rep. Don Young

2001
Rep. Hal Rogers

2000
Lynne Russell

1999
Rep. Jimmy Duncan

1998
Sen. Wendell H. Ford

1997
Jim McLean

1996
John Feinstein

1995
Rep. Jimmy Duncan

1993
Rep. Bob Carr

1992
Sen. Conrad Burns

1991
Rep.William F. Clinger, Jr.

1990
Rep. James L. Oberstar

1989
Sen. Wendell H. Ford

GWAO Board of Directors

President
Darby Becker
GE Aviation

Vice President
John Moloney
Boeing

Secretary
Dick DeiTos
MWAC

Treasurer
Sam Whitehorn
Signal Group

Joel Bacon
AAAE

Paul Feldman
GAMA

Beth Wagner
Aviation Week Network

Steve Martin
InterVISTAS Consulting

Mary Miller
Signature Flight Support

John Provenzano

Michael Robbins
The Moak Group

Beth Rossman
Honeywell

Don Skiados
Leadership Communications & Training

Pete West
West Advocacy