National Aviation Academy (NAA) is directing charitable dollars towards military-focused nonprofit Operation: Military Matters (OMM). OMM was started in November 2015, by a 9-year-old, fourth grader named Graci Tubbs. Moved by Veteran speakers at a school Veterans Day assembly, Graci set out on a mission to support military personnel by letting the men and women serving overseas know that their sacrifices are appreciated. What started out as a school project, collecting supplies from the community and sending care packages from home to the military overseas, soon grew into a nonprofit.
Several months of fundraising at NAA will culminate in a Food Truck Festival on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 11AM-2PM at our Tampa Bay campus located on the corner of US-19 and Ulmerton Road in Clearwater. The festival will be a free, family-friendly event that is open to the public. In addition to food trucks, there will be raffles, activities for adults and children, including “build-an-airplane” crafts, a mobile gaming station, face painting, a bloodmobile courtesy of OneBlood, karate demonstrations from Victory Martial Arts, onsite resources for Veterans via the Mobile Vet Center, music from Hot 101.5, a special helicopter landing from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and more! Proceeds from the event are to benefit OMM. The final donation dollar amount will be presented to 12-year-old founder, Graci, at 1:15PM at the Food Truck Festival.