LONDON, September 10, 2014 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has become a patron and the first airline partner of The Prince’s Trust, the leading U.K. youth charity, a role which will see Delta supporting the charity’s flagship Energy for Youth dinner on October 9, 2014.
The partnership is Delta’s leading Community Affairs project in the U.K. and as such has been added to the airline’s Force for Global Good, the list of philanthropic organisations and causes that are supported by Delta and its employees.
Furthermore, the agreement also represents the first such sponsorship of The Prince’s Trust’s Energy for Youth dinner. The event, attended by representatives from the oil and gas industry, raises funds to help disadvantaged young people move into work, education or training.
“The U.K. is a very important part of our global network and we are committed to giving back to the communities that we serve,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We are proud to support the work of The Prince’s Trust and hope the Energy for Youth dinner will be the first step in a partnership that will encourage young people in London to consider a career in industries such as aviation, engineering and energy.”
The Energy for Youth dinner is a black tie event that attracts up to 300 attendees each year and raises funds through a variety of initiatives, including a silent auction. The evening will be held at The Savoy and include a set from soul singer Ruby Turner.
“We’re thrilled that Delta is supporting our work with the U.K.’s most disadvantaged young people,” said Tara Leathers, fundraising director at The Prince’s Trust. “Hundreds of thousands of young people are facing long-term unemployment, with many experiencing a devastating lack of self-confidence. Only with support from patrons like Delta can we help them turn their lives around.”
Many of the young people supported by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness, or have been in trouble with the law. Its programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives through developing key skills, confidence and motivation. Three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or training.
For further information on the Energy for Youth dinner please contact Katie Mayers or Rachael Conroy on +44 207 543 1230.