Palm Beach, Fla. / February 3, 2014 – Jet Aviation recently hosted its 14th Annual La Bella Macchina, a showcase of high-performance machinery with a silent auction to raise funds for a significant cause. On the evening of January 23rd, Jet Aviation opened the doors to its Palm Beach facility for 1,400 invited guests to view spectacular displays of business aircraft and Ferrari automobiles, and participate in a silent auction which raised $22,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
Held each year in conjunction with the Cavallino Classic, a fanfare of Ferrari automobiles and their owners, La Bella Macchina (“The Beautiful Machine”) this year featured more than 50 classic and late-model Ferraris, and an array of business aircraft from many of the world’s leading manufacturers.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is pleased to be a part of this evening of unsurpassed elegance
and charitable giving,” said Kae Jonsons, vice president of foundation development and donor relations for
the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “The Boys & Girls Club mission is to inspire and assist all
young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible
and caring citizens. La Bella Macchina and Jet Aviation are examples of strong community partnerships
that help us achieve this mission and build awareness.”
“La Bella Macchina is an event to celebrate high-performance machinery while highlighting the positive
impact that business aviation has upon the many communities it serves,” said Gary Dempsey, president of
Jet Aviation’s U.S. Aircraft Services. “More importantly, the affair attracts customers and others with the
means to make substantial contributions to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Jet Aviation
extends its appreciation to each of our generous event sponsors who make it all possible.”
Sponsors included Airbus Helicopters, Bacardi, Bombardier, Business Jet Traveler, Dallas Airmotive,
Dassault/Falcon, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Gulfstream Aerospace, Jetcraft, Jeteffect, Marine Max,
Nextant, Penfolds, Phillips 66, Piaggio Aero, Pilatus, PNC Aviation Finance, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ulysse
Nardin, Universal Weather, VistaJet, WESTPORT, Wheels Up and World Fuel Services.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, founded in 1971, is a not-for profit youth development
organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health leadership and character of boys
and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. The Clubs provide more than a safe, fun and constructive
alternative to being home alone – they offer a variety of award-winning developmental programs to help
youth build skills, self-esteem and values during critical periods of growth. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm
Beach County serve 6,000 children ages 6-18 at thirteen locations in Belle Glade (7), Boca Raton, Delray
Beach, Riviera Beach, Wellington and West Palm Beach (2).
Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Switzerland in
1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. Close to 4,500
employees cater to client needs from more than 20 facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and
North and South America. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment,
engineering, FBO and fuel services, along with aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and
personnel services. Jet Aviation's European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly
operate a fleet of more than 250 aircraft. Please visit www.jetaviation.com and follow us on twitter:
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