Donor Spotlight: American Airlines
Donor Spotlight

Donor Spotlight: American Airlines

Every year in November, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation celebrates over a decade of philanthropic giving by throwing one of New Orleans’ biggest galas. In honor of the Foundation’s upcoming 13th annual Carnivale du Vin, we’re taking a moment to spotlight American Airlines, one of our long-time corporate sponsors who helps make our signature fundraising event possible year after year.

Part of the success of our top-ranked charity wine auction and gala relies heavily on our generously donated auction packages – many of which combine the very best in wine, food and travel to create one-of-a-kind culinary experiences that raise millions during the event’s live auction.

As our official commercial airline sponsor of Carnivale du Vin since 2005, American Airlines generously donates flights for use in the event’s live auction packages, ensuring travel arrangements for winning bidders are as hassle-free and comfortable as possible. By providing these flights, American Airlines is instrumental in making the Foundation’s signature fundraising weekend a stand-out success.

The partnership with the Emeril Lagasse Foundation is so important to the family of American Airlines,” says Esther Maldonado, Managing Director of the American Airlines Southwestern Division. “The work done by this Foundation represents values we hold dear as a company, and we are proud to continue our partnership to ensure that they achieve their mission. Our employees appreciate the opportunity to contribute our time and resources to advance the vision of Emeril and his outstanding team.

With a commitment to social responsibility at the core of its corporate values, American Airlines is proud to be able to give back and make a difference beyond its typical business operations.

“We are endlessly grateful for the continued support from our friends at American Airlines,” says Brian Kish, President of Emeril Lagasse Foundation. “Such generosity is key to a huge part of our fundraising efforts, and we’re proud to partner with a corporation that shares our similar values and commitment to philanthropy.”

The Foundation is thankful for the support from sponsors like American Airlines, who go above and beyond to support our mission of inspiring, mentoring and enabling youth to reach their fullest potential. Learn more about the Foundation and find out how you can make a donation by visiting our Get Involved page.