Honorees

 

12th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala Honorees

Thursday, November 6, 2014.


JetBlue - LEROY R. GRUMMAN AWARD

Fourteen years ago, JetBlue set out to bring humanity back to air travel by creating a welcoming and comfortable environment and great value at a fair price. The airline continues to inspire humanity both in the air and on the ground.

JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. The airline carries more than 30 million customers a year to 86 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 850 daily flights. In 2014, JetBlue earned its tenth consecutive J.D Power and Associates honor for Highest Customer Satisfaction among low-cost airlines in North America.

JetBlue is not just committed to air travel. The airline recognizes its responsibility to the world — to better the lives of their customers, their crewmembers and the communities they serve, and to inspire others to do the same. JetBlue works hand-in-hand with local and national organizations to foster influential programs and connect communities within their areas of commitment: Youth & Education, Community and the Environment.


Westbury Public Schools - INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

We pride ourselves in delivering the best education possible to our students, which is demonstrated through our outstanding curriculum. As well as offering a high quality of teaching and extra-curricular activities to our students, we also have a commitment to ensure that our students receive the best guidance and support to insure they feel happy and safe here and are therefore able to thrive and achieve academically. Our outstanding programs, such as Advanced Placement, Magnet Academy, Navy JROTC, Advanced Technology, Pre-K and Kindergarten, prepare our students for high school and beyond.


Pat LaFontaine - DONALD E. AXINN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Pat LaFontaine enjoyed an illustrious 15-year career before retiring from the NHL in 1998 as the second highest scoring American-born player in league history with 468 goals and 1,013 points in just 865 games played. He was born in St. Louis but grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, and is still considered to have been among the game's best playmakers, fastest skaters and most humble of superstars.

In 2003, Pat was selected for enshrinement in both the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, MN. This marked the first time that any player had been elected into both halls in the same year.

Pat now serves as the founder and president of the Companions in Courage Foundation (www.CiC16.org), a not-for-profit organization that builds interactive game rooms in children’s hospitals throughout North America. Working with corporate sponsors such as Microsoft, DuPont, Merrill Lynch, Google and Morgan Stanley, these “Lion’s Den” rooms connect sick children to their friends, families and heroes.