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    Pulling Together to Support Local Santa Barbara Non-Profit

    Santa Barbara Airport hosts 2nd Annual Alpha Resource Center Plane Pull Fundraiser

    Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is proud to partner with Alaska Airlines and Atlantic Aviation to host local non-profit Alpha Resource Center’s 2nd Annual Plane Pull fundraiser on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

    On the airfield at SBA, competing teams will attempt to pull a nearly 100,000-pound Alaska Airlines Embraer 175 aircraft with a rope for a distance of 20 feet in the fastest time possible. West-coast-based Alaska Airlines – serving Santa Barbara with daily air service for more than three decades – is the event’s presenting sponsor.  The event is also hosted in cooperation with Atlantic Aviation at SBA.

    SBA has been working closely with all three partners – Alpha Resource Center, Alaska Airlines, and Atlantic Aviation – to organize this unique community event to symbolize the amazing outcomes that can be achieved when the whole community pulls together in the same direction. Fundraising teams can include family members, friends, co-workers, or even gym buddies. There will be two divisions: one for public safety personnel such as EMTs, police officers, firefighters, and military personnel, and the other for the general community. The event is designed for participants of all abilities and ages.

    The competing teams will raise money for Alpha Resource Center by soliciting donors and sponsors to support their team’s participation.  Each member of a 10-person team will raise at least $1,000 to participate.  All participants will receive an event T-shirt and a chance to win championship prizes as a reward for the fastest plane pull, in addition to significant bragging rights.

    “Alpha Resource Center highlights the unlimited ability of the individuals we serve. We are excited for Alpha participants and families to join teams from throughout Santa Barbara County to do something we all might think is impossible — pulling an actual Alaska Airlines plane! All of us will walk away from this event with a new perspective of what’s possible,” said Josh Weitzman, Executive Director of Alpha Resource Center. “We thank Alaska Airlines, Santa Barbara Airport and Atlantic Aviation for helping make our 2nd Annual Plane Pull possible.”

    Alpha Resource Center would like to thank all sponsors who help make this event possible:

    Presenting Sponsor: Alaska Airlines

    Gold Sponsor: M Timm Development, Inc.

    Bronze Sponsors: American Riviera Bank and Mutual of America Financial Group

    Venue Sponsors: Santa Barbara Airport and Atlantic Aviation

    Registration is now open, learn more and register here: https://alphasb.org/plane-pull

    To participate as a sponsor or for any event questions, please get in touch with Jeff Henson at Alpha Resource Center, (805) 683-2145 or jhenson@alphasb.org.

    Video from the 2022 Plane Pull Event:



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