CINCINNATI, Sept. 20, 2007 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Carson Palmer are teaming up to score touchdowns for a hometown charity, The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, through a new charitable sponsorship called the “SkyMiles Touchdown Program.” Delta, the Official Airline of the Bengals, pledged today to donate 25,000 Delta SkyMiles for each touchdown thrown by Carson Palmer in the 2007 season to benefit this local charity.
“Throwing a touchdown will mean more than ever this year,” said Palmer, who has thrown eight touchdowns through the first two games this season. "Delta’s SkyMiles Touchdown Program gives me a wonderful opportunity to give back to the children of Cincinnati. It’s really an honor that I can help my hometown’s The Make-A-Wish Foundation.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana will use SkyMiles donated by Delta to grant wishes to children and families of the charity providing them with trips of a lifetime. The Make-A-Wish Southern Ohio region fulfilled the individual wishes of 118 local children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions last fiscal year.
“Carson Palmer is the face of the Cincinnati Bengals and a true legend on and off the field,” said Paul Baird, Delta’s Cincinnati field director, Airport Customer Service. “Through the SkyMiles Touchdown Program, Bengals fans and Delta employees worldwide will get the chance to root harder than ever before for Carson each time he finds the end zone.”
Said Susan McConnell, President & CEO, The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana: “We are incredibly grateful that Carson Palmer and Delta Air Lines have chosen The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana as the recipient of Delta’s SkyMiles Touchdown Program. The Delta SkyMiles will be used to send very deserving southern Ohio wish children and their families on cherished trips of a lifetime.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Southern Ohio region fulfilled the individual wishes of 118 local children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions last fiscal year. With your help, we can do even more. All local contributions are used to fulfill the wishes of children in the southern Ohio and northern Kentucky region. Currently there are 138 local pending wishes. To find out how you can help share the power of a wish®, contact the local Make-A-Wish office at 513-745-9474 or visit our website at www.makeawishohio.org.
Delta Air Lines operates service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 315 destinations in 54 countries. Since 2005, Delta has added more international capacity than all other major U.S. airlines combined and is a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 36 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers nearly 400 weekly flights to 54 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 15,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 477 worldwide destinations in 103 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.