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Creating the next generation of Aerospace Professionals and Leaders

Thanks to the support of our events, donors and community, SUN ‘n FUN’s Aerospace Center for Excellence creates a pathway to success – through aviation –  for thousands of young people each year!

While SUN ’n FUN has evolved over four decades into a year-round, comprehensive aerospace educational campus, what has stayed constant is the generosity and spirit of the thousands of volunteers and supporters who make up the SUN ‘n FUN family. 

Through the years, these community leaders have gone above and beyond embracing a passion for flight, building a legacy that both preserves and honors the best of aviation’s history while also inspiring and training a new generation of aviation students, leaders and innovators. This legacy comes alive every day through SUN ‘n FUN’s Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE).  Each year, philanthropic gifts support:

  • Expansions of STEM educational programming
  • Enhancement/Expansion of museum exhibits, especially interactive STEM exhibits
  • Ongoing STEM educational outreach
  • Scholarships that make camps, programs and training accessible for any young person
  • Facility and Campus Improvement to support our growing programs
  • The ACE Education Endowment Fund
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Building a Brighter Future through Giving

SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc. accepts all types of gifts in support of our Aerospace Center of Excellence (ACE).  Donors can choose a one-time cash gift, an ongoing monthly gift, a gift of stock, a gift of property or aircraft or a gift through a will or estate asset such as a paid up life insurance policy, a distribution from a retirement plan or a bequest made in a will.  Annual donors making current gifts are included as part of our Speed ‘n Angels Wingmen, while donors who have planned for future gifts in their estates are recognized as part of our James C. Ray Legacy Society.

The Speed ‘n Angels Wingmen 

Speed ‘n Angels Wingmen go above and beyond the basic call of voluntarism and participation in the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in.  They ensure that the legacy of SUN ‘n FUN carries forward and that our educational programs have enough fuel and altitude to fly forward and effectively carry out the mission of the Aerospace Center for Excellence.  Their individual gifts inspire young people every day through the dynamic world of aviation, and their generosity creates the next generation of pilots and aviation professionals. 

Without these contributors, thousands of young people all over Florida and beyond would miss out on one-of-a-kind opportunities such as first-time flights, aviation summer camps, STEMtastic Day Camps, aerospace discovery and more.  And to show our gratitude, SUN ‘n FUN recognizes each and every donor by including them as part of the Speed ‘n Angels Wingmen.  

James C. Ray Legacy Society

SUN ‘n FUN has been the honored recipient of many gifts from James C. Ray. Mr. Ray’s philanthropy has had transformational impact on our organization, paving the way for new programs and new goals.  In recognition of his great works, SUN ‘n FUN established the James C. Ray Legacy Society to honor donors who help build our organization’s endowment fund or advance the mission of ACE through gifts from their estates.

These donors ensure that the legacy of SUN ‘n FUN lasts for many generations to come. And in an effort to recognize these generous individuals while still living, we include all donors with expressed, intended future estate gifts as members of the James C. Ray Legacy Society – where they remain our most treasured family members and serve as marvelous examples of the power of philanthropy. 

If you have included SUN ‘n FUN as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan, please notify us, so that we can ensure you are included and recognized. 

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“The Aerospace Center for Excellence opens you up to a world of passion and family and experiences you can’t get anywhere else, and I will forever be grateful to the people there for helping guide me where I am today.” Lexi is currently performing maintenance on F-15 Fighter Jets for the United States Air Force in Okinawa, Japan.
Lexi Wines
“If I hadn’t of ended up at CFAA, my character wouldn’t be the same. I wouldn’t have met so many older pilots and instructors or know what type of degree I wanted. Now that I look back, I would definitely do it all over again.”
Angel Cabrera
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