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A Celebration of Hope in Black & White

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One of the most wonderful aspects of Southwest Airlines’ generosity is our ability to react quickly to help a non-profit organization in need. Our “No Red Tape” philosophy extends beyond our ‘no change fees’ policy! One recent example was a sponsorship request we received from Dr. Stephne’ Coney, Founder of the National Stop the Violence Alliance located in Camden, NJ. On April 16, the organization was holding a benefit gala, A Celebration of Hope in Black and White.

At the gala, they would be honoring the memory of the late Senator Edward Kennedy with a posthumous Presidential Award. Senator Kennedy’s son, Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) would be accepting his father’s award and be presented with his own award, the National Peace Medal for Civic Engagement and a bust of Senator Kennedy. We were able to respond quickly and sponsored the event by providing tickets that the organization could use to fly in several community leaders and the sculptor of the bust, Patrick Voss.

Dr. Coney was eternally grateful for our support in making their evening a huge success. We certainly can’t help every non-profit with this type of need, but when we can, it’s wonderful to be able to make a positive difference without any red tape in sight.

To learn more about National Stop the Violence Alliance, please visit