Two volunteer pilots honored at the 2022 Endeavor Awards have changed lives across the continent, with hundreds of medical and relief flights to their names.
Angel Flight West recognized Patient Airlift Services pilot Mark Hanson and Angel Flight South Central pilot Raymond Bailey with the prestigious public benefit flying award at the California Science Center in Los Angeles May 13, under the space shuttle Endeavour. The Inspiration Award went to serial entrepreneurs Ben Marcus and Cyrus Sigari of UP.Partners and Dr. Jeff Sperring, CEO of Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Marcus and Sigari, both experienced pilots, founded UP.Partners to invest in cutting-edge transportation technologies. The venture is only the latest in a series of successful ventures by the lifelong friends (see “Changing the World” in the June 2022 issue of AOPA Pilot). Sperring, a pediatrician, joined the Seattle Children’s team in 2015 and “leads a world-class team of healthcare providers, researchers, and staff who are united by the mission to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible,” according to Endeavor Award organizers.
The Endeavor Awards are dedicated to increasing awareness of the contributions of aviation to the public good, encouraging involvement in charitable flying, and increasing support for volunteer flying organizations. The annual gala event includes a silent auction fundraiser. Pilot, journalist, and humanitarian Christina Pascucci was master of ceremonies for the 2022 event.