Pulling for the Community
The sun was out, music was playing, and every few minutes you could hear a loud horn. What was going on? The annual US Airways/city of Phoenix Jet Pull took place on Friday, Oct. 8, at the US Airways hangar. Teams from US Airways, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the city of Phoenix came together to raise money for the Community Service Fund Drive’s United Way Campaign.
Now in its seventh year, teams of 20 are formed to compete for the fastest time of pulling a 100,000-pound Airbus 319 painted in the Arizona Cardinals livery 15 feet across the tarmac. The US Airways teams pulled first. US Airways CEO Doug Parker pulled on the team that was dressed as the Blues Brothers (and sisters). But they were no match for the first place team called “Rampage” who won the US Airways portion of the event.
During the awards ceremony for US Airways, Parker spoke and thanked all teams for coming out. Then, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon made some remarks about the event and helping the community.
Next 19 city of Phoenix teams pulled. The team of Achen-Gardner would ultimately take first place honors, but they also wanted to keep the spirit of giving alive by generously donating $1,000 on the spot to the Community Service Fund Drive. The teams of Sun Eagle and Tel-Teck would come in second and third respectively.
Overall, the event was successful and city of Phoenix teams raised approximately $7,000 for the United Way and its programs. Here are the team results of the city of Phoenix teams:
|Hensel Phelps #2
|Hensel Phelps #1
|DCS #3 and Parks
|D Tag Dogs
First posted: 10/13/10