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Republic Airline event to benefit children's health organizations

Republic Airline employees and teams from around Indiana will face off against a 24-ton aircraft in the seventh annual Pulling For Wishes Plane Pull, the airline said.

Scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Republic´s hangar near Indianapolis International Airport, the event primarily benefits the non-profit Indiana Children´s Wish Fund (ICWF), and will feature dozens of teams competing for the fastest time to pull an Embraer 175 aircraft.

In addition to providing support for the ICWF, this year´s event will help benefit programs and initiatives at Riley Children´s Foundation and Peyton Manning Children´s Hospital at St. Vincent, both leading Indianapolis organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of children.

Last year´s event raised more than USD 430,000 to benefit ICWF, which grants wishes to children ages 3-18 suffering life-threatening illnesses. ICWF has granted over 3,200 wishes to Indiana children during the past 33 years. Wishes include trips to Disney World, meeting celebrities, shopping trips, home computers and much more.

Since 2011, Republic´s Plane Pull has raised USD 1.4 million for ICWF.

The Pulling for Wishes Plane Pull is dedicated to the memory of Carmel resident Tyler Frenzel, who suffered from leukemia and passed away in 2004. Tyler´s wish to visit Disney World was granted by Indiana Children´s Wish Fund.

Republic Airline, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, operates a fleet of about 170 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with about 900 flights daily to 105 cities in 38 US states, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. The airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under our major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. The airline employs about 5,200 aviation professionals.