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Third Annual CIT Aerospace "LifeFlight Golf Tournament" to Raise Funds and Awareness for Miami Children's Health Foundation
Since 1978, LifeFlight® Has Played An Important Role In Saving The Lives Of Children in Southern Florida And Parts Of The Caribbean
Thursday, March 10, 2016 03:29 PM

MIAMI, FL — Haiden Morgan was born 20 weeks early on a cruise ship in August and was transported from Puerto Rico to Miami via LifeFlight®. The baby was being cared for at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and was released in early December.

If not for the emergency transport provided by LifeFlight®, this story might have had a very different ending. Since 1978, LifeFlight® has played an important role in saving the lives of countless children throughout southern Florida and parts of the Caribbean. CIT is proud to support this life-saving program for a third year and bring awareness about LifeFlight® to the forefront of the aviation industry. The $194,800 that CIT has raised in the past two years has gone toward the purchase of a custom built ambulance for the LifeFlight® fleet.

WHAT:   CIT Aerospace, one of the world's leading aircraft leasing organizations, is hosting a golf tournament to raise funds and awareness for LifeFlight®. They expect their one-day tournament to raise in excess of $130,000 for the LifeFlight® program.

Friday, March 11, 2:30 PM


Bear Lakes Country Club
1901 Village Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
(561) 478-0002


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Meet crew members of LifeFlight® and representatives from CIT Group, Miami Children’s Health Foundation and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Onsite interviews will be available with Jeff Knittel, President, CIT Transportation & International Finance, Tony Diaz, President of CIT Commercial Air, Mike Kahmann, Group Head and Managing Director of CIT Business Aircraft Finance, Harold Robaino, Director of Development and Major Gifts, Miami Children’s Health Foundation and Armando Llechu, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

In addition to CIT, the following companies have donated funds or gifts in kind to benefit LifeFlight®: Aeronautical Support International, Airbus, Alaris, Atlas Air, Boeing, Bombardier, Brickell Motors, Cara Capital Corporation, Commercial Jet/AEI, Embraer, Fafinski Mark & Johnson (FMJ), GA Telesis, GE Aviation, INAV, Intertrade, Jet Aviation, Kellstrom Materials, Landing Gear Technologies, Magellan, Oliva, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Spectre Air Capital, Spirit Airlines, TVPX and Werner Aero Services.

About LifeFlight®
LifeFlight® provides transport of critically ill children throughout South Florida and the Caribbean. The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital aircraft is the most sophisticated air ambulance available. The Sikorsky S76 C+ helicopter is capable of flying up to 300 miles without stopping to refuel and features the latest, most up-to-date flight instrumentation. As a mobile critical care unit, the medical configuration of the aircraft includes built-in oxygen and air, lighting controls, intravenous fluid holders and flight-team-to-hospital communications. LifeFlight™ carries the most advanced life-support equipment, compactly arranged to ensure the maximum utilization of space.

About Miami Children’s Health Foundation
Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) organization established to support the creation of a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care, MCH Foundation, now a part of the Miami Children’s Health System, has helped the 289-bed Nicklaus Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. Currently, MCH Foundation is dedicating all its resources to Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s, which aims to raise $150 million by 2017 and help fund priorities such as the expansion of the Emergency Department, construction of a new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, enhancements to its three centers of excellence, and expanding global/telehealth endeavors. Other campaign priorities include research, pediatric outreach and special programs.

About CIT Aerospace
As one of the world's leading aircraft leasing organizations, CIT Aerospace provides leasing and financing packages, including operating leases and structuring and advisory services, for commercial airlines worldwide. CIT Aerospace owns, finances and manages a fleet of more than 350 commercial aircraft serving approximately 100 customers in 50 countries.


Matt Klein
Vice President, Media Relations
(973) 597-2020

Barbara Callahan
Senior Vice President
(973) 740-5058