Elite Air Flies FSU Football Fans as Part of Charity Auction Donation Package

Elite Air CEO and pilot Gray Gibbs (far left) flew five passengers to the FSU-Miami game on Nov. 2 along with pilot Blake Spencer (far right). The flight was donated as part of a charity auction in October.

Elite Air CEO and pilot Gray Gibbs (far left) flew five passengers to the FSU-Miami game on Nov. 2 along with pilot Blake Spencer (far right). The flight was donated as part of a charity auction in October.

Elite Air recently donated a trip in the Lear 31 to a charity auction hosted by the Old School Open, a three-day fund raising event that benefits multiple Florida charities.

Pilots Gray Gibbs and Blake Spencer flew the winning bidders from St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport to Tallahassee and back for the Florida State-Miami football game on Nov. 2. Signature flight support donated the fuel for the trip. Lance Barton purchased the auction item for $4,000, all of which went to charity. Barton’s guests were Kevin Branagan, Richard Sanchez, Steven Pickett and Christopher Dunham. The crew arrived in Tallahassee around 1:00 p.m. and flew back shortly after the game.

“The trip went well,” Spencer said. “Old School is a good group of guys. Outside of Tallahassee, the majority of Old School members live in Tampa/St. Pete, so it was nice for some of them to get to know Elite Air.”

Old School got its start by purchasing a fraternity house on the FSU campus, performing a $3 million renovation and selling memberships that allow individuals to use the venue to tailgate for football games. Notable members include FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher and baseball coach Mike Martin.

The 3rd Annual Old School Open kicked off Oct. 3 with the Old School Oktoberfest, the auction event, which included wine and beer tastings, catering by Carrabas Italian Grill and an exclusive live concert by the LoCash Cowboys. On Oct. 4, the event continued with the Old School Golf Tournament at Southwood Golf Club, and the weekend wrapped up with a pre-game tailgate for the FSUMaryland game on Oct. 5.