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Fundraiser planned to help take Children First Academy students on memorable fantasy flight

Posted On: 2014-10-23

From Ahwatukee.com...

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:45 am
By Daniel Ochoa, Ahwatukee Foothills News

Members of the United Fantasy Flight will host a fundraiser on Thursday at My Wine Cellar and Bistro in Ahwatukee to raise money for two underprivileged Valley schools and its upcoming 2014 United Airlines Fantasy Flight.

United Fantasy Flight, which has been around since 1996, focuses on raising funds for less-fortunate schools and taking kindergarten and first-grade students on a fantasy flight to the North Pole.

This year, United Fantasy Flight is raising funds for two schools in the Valley — Children First Academy in Phoenix and Concordia Charter School in Mesa — and will also take nearly 120 students on a fantasy flight.

The North Pole fantasy flight consists of a group of students taking a flight around Phoenix and landing at Sky Harbor International Airport, where they’ll walk into a section of the airport that is decorated to resemble the North Pole and a winter wonderland experience.

“It’s really a sense of amazement for them,” said Bob Miller, founder of United Fantasy Flight in Phoenix.

Staff and volunteers at Sky Harbor decorate and create 20 activity stations for the students.

Arizona State University’s athletes also participate by chaperoning two students throughout the event.

“We try to make it a lasting experience for the children, and have them be around positive role models,” Miller said. “What we are really proud of about our Fantasy Flight is that it’s not a one day event … we really support these schools throughout the year.”

The 2014 United Fantasy Flight fundraiser will occur from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at My Wine Cellar and Bistro in Ahwatukee, 5030 E. Warner Road.

The money raised during the event will go directly toward this year’s fantasy flight and to provide the two schools with new tablets, computers and monitors for the following school year.

Miller said the fundraiser has been United Fantasy Flight’s most beneficial events; in previous years, the group has raise upward of $4,000.

For additional information about the fundraiser, visit www.unitedfantasyflight.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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