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Anchorage, AK – July 2, 2010 – On June 16, 2010, the Sholton Foundation and Northern Air Cargo (NAC) announced a significant investment into the future of the AlaskaAviationMuseum with a pledged $300,000 donation to the non-profit organization.

The Sholton family, through Northern Air Cargo, and as private citizens, has been supporters of this organization and its mission for many years. The critical need to preserve and tell the story of Alaska's aviation history is great. In an effort to further the realization of this goal, the Sholton Foundation pledged $150,000 to the AlaskaAviationMuseum and issued a challenge to NAC to match the donation.

“As the next generation of the NAC Family, we applaud the Sholton Foundation’s support and commitment to the Museum. The Northern Air Cargo Family is also pleased and honored to respond to their challenge to match their gift of $150,000” said David Karp, President of NAC and a member of the museum’s Board of Directors.

Under the terms of the donation, the Sholton Foundation will donate $60,000 in 2010 and $10,000 annually for 9 years. Northern Air Cargo will donate $15,000 annually for 10 years beginning in 2010.

“These combined gifts will contribute approximately $30,000 per year in operating funds for the museum over the next 10 years. I am pleased and gratified to accept these very generous contributions on behalf of the Museum,” said Gail Phillips, Board Chair of the AlaskaAviationMuseum. “We are working very hard as a board, staff and volunteers to bring this museum to a level of long term sustainability.”

Mrs. Phillips continued, “It is exactly this type of leadership giving being exhibited, combined with our endowment and membership campaigns that will allow us to make the museum a permanent place where the great stories and tools of Alaska's unique aviation heritage can be preserved. Not necessarily for us, but for our children, grandchildren, and the generations of Alaskans to come.”

“In commemoration of Robert and Rita Sholton and their commitment to our great state’s aviation history, the museum’s main hall in which we have long aspired to make a more integral part of the story, will be named the Robert & Rita Sholton, Northern Air Cargo, Pioneer Hall.”

In addition to the monetary donation, NAC donated a retired DC-6 which was moved to the AlaskaAviationMuseum campus in early June.

About Northern Air Cargo

Northern Air Cargo is Alaska’s largest all-cargo airline offering scheduled and charter services throughout Alaska, the Lower 48 and North America.

About AlaskaAviationMuseum

The Alaska AviationHeritageMuseum’s mission is to preserve, display, and honor Alaska's aviation heritage, by preserving and displaying historic aircraft, artifacts and memorabilia that contributed to the development and progress of aviation in Alaska, and to foster public interest in aviation and its history. The museum has 54 aircraft in the collection with more than half of them on display, an active restoration hangar, flight simulators, three theatres, and a Hall of Fame. The AlaskaAviationMuseum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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