Wednesday, July 16, 2008

LGB Special Event: Plane Pull

Dear LGB Friends & Neighbors,

Want to pull a plane? In just over one month from now, on Saturday, August 16, 2008, the Long Beach Airport will be hosting the 2nd Annual Special Olympics Plane Pull. This popular event is your opportunity to pull a 155,000 lb. FedEx 727-200 airplane on the airport's tarmac...while raising money for a worthy charity!

Let's see who can pull together the best team! Prizes (and bragging rights!) will be awarded for the strongest and fastest team...and the slowest!

Interested but unsure? Contact Maricela de Rivera, Airport Public Affairs Assistant, at (562) 570-2674 or for more information.

To register visit and click on "Register Now."

We look forward to seeing you there!

FAQ Q: I want to pull but don't have a team of 20, is there a way for me to participate?
A: Yes! You may sign-up on-line ( without joining a team. We will form teams from individuals that register.

Q: Do I have to pay $50 to enter?
A: The entry fee is $50 per team member (or $1000 for a team of 20 people), but you don't have to pay it yourself. You can fundraise the money! Ask co-workers, neighbors, etc.

Q: What does the Special Olympics of Southern California do with the money raised?
A: All proceeds benefit local Special Olympics activities. Visit for more information.

Q: Is the donation tax-deductible?
A: Yes! All money raised is tax-deductible. Special Olympics of Southern California will provide you with a donation letter for tax purposes for you and/or those that contributed to the $50.

Q: Do I have to be an Airport employee or in law enforcement to join?
A: No, everyone in the community is welcome. Create teams of church members, work groups, sport teams, etc.

Q: Are there age or strength requirements?
A: No! All ages and people of various strength are encouraged to participate! Children 17 years old and younger will need to have a parent/guardian sign a waiver and be present throughout the Plane Pull.

Q: Do I need to take anything with me?
A: It's recommended that participants bring work gloves, athletic shoes and comfortable clothing. Food and beverages will be available for all participants.

Q: Can my friends and family come to cheer me on?
A: Yes, bring your friends and family to help you pull, or just to enjoy the festivities.

Q: What else can I do to help with this event?
A: Whether you're pulling in the event or not, there's plenty you can do to help.

For volunteer information contact Maricela de Rivera at (562) 570-2674 or For corporate sponsorship information contact Serena Boykin at (562) 354-2603 or

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