MERIDEN — The Meriden-Markham Airport will host a helicopter golf ball drop and open house Saturday to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the airport.
The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the airport at 213 Evansville Ave. Admission is free, but raffle tickets that correspond to numbers on 1,000 golf balls, cost $20 each.
The helicopter drop will occur at 6:45 p.m. The owner of the ball that comes closest to the target wins a $1,000 cash prize. There is also a $500 second prize, and a $250 third prize.
”It really is fun to see this,” said City Councilor Cathy Battista, who works with children in the city’s schools.
“Because of my job, I see children and the struggles they may have and it’s not easy,” she said.
Battista also lives with diabetes and added that without the research she would not enjoy the quality of life she experiences today.
There will also be music. Refreshments, pizza and make-your-own ice cream sundaes will be available for sale.
In addition, AirOcean Aviation, LLC is flying the helicopter, EAA Chapter 27 will be hosting free Young Eagle flights for kids ages 8-17 years old at the event from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. – first come, first served.
The Civil Air Patrol cadets will be flying, and Meriden Aviation Center will be offering $100 introductory flights. Wilcox Technical High School will have on display a completely built RV-12 Airplane, sponsored by EAA Chapter 27.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at City Hall, Casa di Roma, in South Meriden, at the Meriden Police Department and at the airport. Or they can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/d/ct--meriden/helicopter/ or at the gate on the day of the event.
“We’re hoping people understand where the money is going,” Battista said.
For more information contact the airport at 203-630-2878, or Battista at 203-237-9718.