The Wings Foundation began as a dream...
Miami based Flight Attendant Marie Lockbaum has been flying for more than 35 years, & as one might imagine, she has worked with allot of people during that time. Long enough in fact to become all too familiar with the difficulties faced by those unable to work because of illness or disability. But as beneficial as endeavors to help raise monies for her troubled co-workers were, Marie realized that they were disorganize. Taking the initiative, Marie & her fellow flight attendant friends Patti Baskin & Ada Asher, among many others, conceived the concept of a unified organization with specific direction to financially assist seriously ill or disabled flight attendants who were unable to maintain their home, medications, & transportation.
Wings Is Formed
After just two years of planning, The Wings Foundation, Inc became a reality, when in 1989 American Airlines senior management fully supported the charitable endeavor & approved of employee donations through payroll deduction, which generated more funding than would have otherwise been possible. Moreover, Wings gained the cooperation of the American Airlines Federal Credit Union as well as the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA).
Over the years Wings has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of stricken colleagues, including money raised for the children of 9/11 victims. But one of its proudest accomplishments is that an incredible 98% of all funds collected go directly to the beneficiaries, making it one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the United States.
In February of 2005, Marie Lockbaum stepped down as the National Chairperson of the Wings Foundation, but she continues to serve as a consultant in an advisory capacity.
On behalf of all the members of The Wings Foundation & the Flight Attendants of American Airlines..."Thank You Marie!"