PGD Kicks Off 2023-24 Campaign: Aviation Gives Back!

PGD Kicks off Aviation Gives Back Campaign To Benefit Local United Way  

Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) is pleased to announce the kickoff of its second annual Aviation Gives Back Campaign to support the United Way of Charlotte County (UWCC). PGD staff is planning a variety of fun activities, volunteer opportunities, a Chance Auction, and a wrap‐up lunch celebration with prize drawings in February 2024.


  • This is a great way for local businesses and airport partners to aid the UWCC’s mission of ending the cycle of poverty in Charlotte County, while also showing support for our aviation community and on-airport employees. In turn, UWCC is here to support your local employees and neighbors that may be struggling to meet basic needs and support their own families. Learn more about United Way’s Impact in our local community.


You and/or your company can become an Aviation Gives Back Partner today by engaging in several ways. We’re excited to partner with you, and we can customize your involvement and recognize your contributions in the way that works best for you.

  • Donate an Auction Item:  We’re seeking enticing items for our chance auction packages such as (but not limited to) restaurant and retail gift cards, excursions, attraction tickets, gourmet food/wine, professional services, beauty/spa products, experiences and other unique or valuable items. Donations of $100 or more by Nov. 30 will be listed in our “PGD’s Local Favorites” feature! 
  • Engage your Employees: Invite a UWCC representative to do a presentation at your business to learn how employees can get help and give help. You can also help us promote the Aviation Gives Back campaign opportunities and activities with your employees to improve engagement and boost team morale.
  • Make a donation: Companies that donate $1,500 or more will have their logo featured on our Aviation Gives Back promotions and campaign materials. Depending on the sponsorship level, the company may receive community-wide recognition as one of UWCC’s Annual Campaign Sponsors.
    • We’re pleased to recognize Southwest Engineering and Design (SED) as our first Aviation Gives Back partner, a multi-disciplined Engineering and Design Firm that specializes in Civil Engineering, Transportation, and Land Development. SED will also be recognized at UWCC’s 9th Annual Beaujolais on March 1, 2024 at the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens.



  • Aviation Gives Back – Kaley Miller, Director of Marketing & Communications, , 941-639-1101 x 131
  • UWCC – Kristen Szych, Resource Development Director, Kristen Szych,, 941-627-3539


  • September through November: PGD staff will be seeking Aviation Gives Back Partners for sponsorships and donors to provide enticing items for our chance auction packages.
  • October through November: PGD staff will participate in UWCC’s Days of Caring service projects and/or a food supply drive in November. We welcome involvement from fellow airport stakeholders, employees and tenants.
  • December 5 through February 12 – We’ll reveal all the exciting prize packages, and kick off the chance auction ticket sales and incentives. Airport Authority employees can also enroll in payroll deduction during this period.
  • February 13 – Join us for Campaign Wrap-Up & Prize Party, where we’ll celebrate YOUR generosity with free lunch, dessert and exciting prize drawings.