Four service organizations invest in their communities thanks to Wind Creek Atmore (WCA) and its guests. Each organization was presented with a check through the Ticket in Ticket out (TITO) program, totaling more than $40,000. TITO funds are collected from player’s donated cash out tickets, and then given to a different organization each month.
Pilots for Christ (PFC) provides air transportation to those in need free of charge. Johnny and Rosalyn Sales gratefully accepted the $11,695.61 donation.
“It is because of people and organizations like Wind Creek that we are able to provide our services through Pilots for Christ,” Johnny Sales said. “All of our expenses such as fuel costs and up keep are paid with the money we receive through donations.”
Sales encourages anyone in need of a flight or wanting to find out more about PFC to visit their website, pilotsforchrist.net.
Excel Public School (EPS) Principal Marty Hanks accepted the $9,622.91 check on behalf of EPS and expressed what the donation will mean for his school.
“For us, it’s huge! Being a rural county and a rural school system, we don’t have the ability to purchase some of the things we want or need. This allows us to purchase what we wouldn’t otherwise have, like science equipment.”
Excel Public School serves 1,100 students in grades pre-k through 12.
“Thanks to everyone at Wind Creek for thinking of us and allowing us to receive funds to improve education,” said Perdido Elementary School Principal Phillip Stewart. “The donation will enable the school to allocate funds for new technology and needed software. With those improvements, we anticipate that we will be able to raise our school test scores.” PES received $11,709.20.
Monroeville Elementary School student leaders accepted their donation of $10,638.80. The students at Monroeville Elementary School (MES) explained what they were learning from the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students. The book is taught in the school’s Leader in Me program, which will benefit from the donation. Principal Amy McCrory said, “Our school is so appreciative of this wonderful addition of money to our school – it really is such a blessing!”
The investment in education is one WCA Property Manager Tim Ramer was glad to make.
“Wind Creek is proud to give back, but it means most when we know we are giving where the need is strongest,” he said. “I don’t think anyone can argue the need for education funding is strong in our area. The great thing is, education is also something our guests care about. Through this TITO program we give people in this area a say in how we give back. We couldn’t do this without our guests.”
Presentations were made by Ramer and Terri Morris, Wind Creek Atmore Assistant Property Manager.