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Passengers have a great trip on Flight of Hope

It was the kind of flight that dreams are made of. First-class accommodations, great entertainment, no delays at baggage claim and even the food was terrific.

The only drawback was that the flight really was a fantasy. The Wellness Community has been sending partygoers on imaginary trips to exotic locations for years now and celebrated their 10th anniversary Flight of Hope Gala with a trip around the world.

Last Saturday’s dinner and auction was appropriately held in a hangar at Dolphin Aviation, chaired by the very busy Chris Pfahler. David and Myrna Band were named honorary chairs since Myrna dreamed up the maiden voyage of the Flight of Hope 10 years ago.

Charlie Ann Syprett and Julia McClung chaired the auction and creatively used the silent auction to represent the mission of the Wellness Community. The organization offers support and education programs to people affected by cancer, so the duo enlisted the help of volunteers to spotlight some of these programs.

One of these helpers, artist Gale Fulton Ross, represented the art therapy programs. She drew a crowd, inviting guests to add their own brushstrokes to the original painting she created during the evening.

Among the frequent fliers were trustee Vernon DeSear and his wife, Peggy, Mark and Veenie Goodson, Bill and Nancy Stolle, and Mary Jo and Tom Murray.