Air show proceeds will benefit Crossroads BSA, Riley Children’s Foundation, Catch the Stars
INDIANAPOLIS – At the 26th Annual Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting, Governor Eric Holcomb announced the Crossroads of America Council of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will host the Crossroads Air Show, featuring the Blue Angels, October 28-29, 2023, at the Indianapolis Regional Airport (formally known as Mount Comfort Airport). The air show will benefit Crossroads BSA, Riley Children’s Foundation and Catch the Stars Foundation.
The luncheon, which raised more than $1 million for Scouting programs in Central Indiana, was co-chaired by Steve Campbell, vice president of communications for the Indianapolis Colts; Mark Miles, president and CEO of the Penske Entertainment Corp.; and Deana Haworth, COO of Hirons.
The funds raised from the air show will provide character development programs, camps, training and more to over 26,000 young people involved in Scouting in Central Indiana.
“Today was the perfect day to announce the Crossroads Air Show,” said Joe Wiltrout, president and CEO of the Crossroads of America Council. “We are surrounded by members of the community already dedicated to giving back to Scouting, so it only felt right that this group should know first about this exciting event, which will bring a unique experience for families of all ages to our state.”
The Crossroads Air Show will feature the Blue Angels, a U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron that showcases the teamwork and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Through their flight demonstrations and community outreach, they hope to inspire a culture of excellence and service to the country and communities they visit.
Crossroads is working with the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) to bring the air show to the Indianapolis Regional Airport.
“The Indianapolis Airport Authority is dedicated to enhancing the community through thoughtful airport programming. Our airports exist for our communities,” said Mario Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. “We are thrilled to host this spectacular show for the Central Indiana community and the mission behind the Blue Angels is especially inspiring.”
An estimated 11 million spectators view Blue Angels air shows each year across the country, where pilots can reach speeds up to 700 mph during the performance.
Proceeds from Crossroads Air Show ticket sales will benefit Scouting character development programs through Crossroads, life-changing care at Riley Children’s Hospital and mentoring programs through Catch the Stars Foundation.
“Riley Children’s Foundation is honored to be selected as a beneficiary of the Crossroads Air Show,” said Liz Elkas, president and CEO of Riley Children’s Foundation. “It’s in keeping with the Hoosier spirit that this event – which will bring people from all parts of our state together for a day of mesmerizing entertainment – will also do tremendous good for Indiana children and families through its support of Riley.”
Tamika Catchings, founder of the Catch the Stars Foundation, has seen firsthand how these fundraisers can benefit the state’s youth and families.
“We are blessed and excited to be beneficiaries of Boy Scouts of America’s Crossroads Air Show. This partnership aligns perfectly with our mission of serving local youth through Fitness, Literacy and Character development programs,” said Catchings. “We’re proud to be part of this incredible air show!”
For more information on Crossroads Air Show, please visit CrossroadsAirShow.com.
About the Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scouts of America is a youth development organization dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical and moral decisions throughout their lifetimes. The goals of Scouting consist of citizenship training, character development, physical and mental fitness, and leadership development. For more information on Scouting, call (317) 813-7125 or (877) 925-1900 (toll free) or visit www.crossroadsbsa.org.