JJ Quinn honored: On the wings of angels

As one of their projects, the Founding Fathers Republican Women have taken Angel Flight under their wings. On Monday evening, J.J. Quinn and the other pilots who fly for Angel Flight were honored with a special dinner. Heartfelt stories were shared by Tony Windland, Jim and Sandy Minihan, as well as Steve and Barbara Curley. In all cases, perhaps serendipitously, an Angel Flight pilot or someone who knew one, would assist them in getting medical treatments for themselves or loved ones that otherwise wouldnâ??t have been possible. More than an airplane ride, the pilots have proved to be able mentors in a ministry that reaffirms a message of hope. â??Itâ??s been my greatest pleasure and blessing to be able to give back and be a part of this,â? said one of the pilots Gene Foret. As for JJ Quinn, he is considered the angel of angels, for his years of dedication, always smiling face, and eagerness to make things happen on the ground and in the air for hundreds of patients flying them up and down the East Coast and beyond.

â??What a nice event [Monday] for my Dad, JJ Quinn! I know he enjoyed it very much. It was a powerful event seeing 10 of his pilots in attendance and to hear the stories of his frequent Angel Flight passengers,â? said Quinnâ??s daughter Kelly Murphy. All of the proceeds that FFRW raises goes directly to Angel Flight. They are currently selling tickets for a drawing for a Remington Model 870 12 gauge pump shotgun donated by Kevin Krychlik from The Gun Shop in Warrenton. Tickets are $10 for one and $20 for three. All proceeds go to Angel Flight and the drawing will be on Feb 6. You do not need to be present to win. For information call Sally, 547-2970 or Lynn, 937-2890. To learn more about Angel Flight and/or how you can donate, see www.angelflightmidatlantic.org