Twenty youths and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters were among a group of 60 people involved with the mentoring organization flown to the Big Apple for a one-day tour by WestJet Airlines. The outing marked WestJet's inaugural flight to LaGuardia Airport in New York.
It was the first event of its kind for WestJet and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel.
"We just took New York in a day," said WestJet community investment leader Jenifer van Meenan as the group loaded back onto the plane on Monday night. "It's hard to believe that in the morning we were at home, and at night we'll sleep in our own beds, but during the day we were sightseeing New York City."
Earlier this year, WestJet paid $17.6 million for landing rights at LaGuardia. On Monday, the airline made seven Pearson-to-LaGuardia return flights. On July 12, WestJet will begin flying eight times a day to New York City.
WestJet sponsored the 40 Big and Little Brothers and Sisters as well as staff and media to attend the inaugural events, which included an early-morning Rockettes-inspired dance performance from LR Dance Company at Pearson and the opportunity take part in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in New York City.
"We've never had something this big for our charity partners," van Meenan said. "It's exciting. I hope we will be able to do it again next year."
The airline supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada through the WestJet Cares for Kids Program and also as a national charitable partner, but never before has it arranged an event of this magnitude.
Photo by Elora Crawford
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