David DaVinci Fundraiser

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Magically Raising Money To Curb Veteran Suicide

 

World Champion Magician & “Thrillusionist” to team up with Mission Volant, in an effort to raise $60,000 for “Falling Soldiers” at the India Community Center in Milpitas on September 14.

 

Saving soldiers from PTSD is as simple as combining Magic with Skydiving.  Wait, what?  You read that right.  Famed Illusionist David DaVinci partners up with Mission Volant; a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that specializes in Veteran Adventure Therapy.  MV has an incredibly successful track record at lending a helping hand by pushing veterans to their limits, or out of planes in this case.

 

“Combat is intense, and when soldiers return they often lack structure and intensity.  For many, that greater lack allows for PTSD to set in… a leading cause of suicide in our profession,” says CHRISTIAN MEYERS, president & director of initiatives at Mission Volant.  “Mission Volant provides enablement solutions to veterans, transforming them into driven and focused leaders as they transition back into civilian life.”

 

That’s where David DaVinci comes in.  When not touring the seven seas entertaining families on Disney, Norwegian, or Celebrity Cruise Lines, he tours North America raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities in need.  As an experienced skydiver himself, he was instantly able to recognize the significance of Mission Volant’s greater purpose, and lend a helping hand, and two tons of illusions!

 

It all started when he was 19 years old, and toured for six weeks across Canada raising a shocking $2 Million for charities ranging from Women’s Shelters to Burn Victims. Having a grandfather who survived a plane crash in 1961, the latter proved to be a valid launching point of inspiration for his future in charity work.

 

“I first fully realized the significance of using magic to help veterans in 2010 when I was touring arenas with a well known touring show,” says DaVinci. “A large group of families of fallen soldiers came to see one of our performances in that town.  You could see the pain in their eyes when interacting with them before the show.  In that moment I knew that I had the ability to give them permission to enjoy life. If only for the next two hours, I knew they could genuinely laugh and be amazed without guilt or sadness.  That moment transformed me forever.”

 

On September 14, DaVinci won’t be raising money for fallen soldiers, but rather for “falling soldiers,” as Mission Volant strives to raise $60,000 to help transform veterans through skydiving!

 

When asked about the significance of skydiving and soldiers, Christian had this to say.


“We utilize Veteran Adventure Therapy to help present challenges, and to introduce them to new communities that offer support. Many veterans feel a desire to lead - when they are the newest person in an unfamiliar community, like the large family-like environment skydiving offers, it allows them to develop and grow. Ultimately, this grants them the possibility to become a leader again - transitioning and developing their abilities as a sport skydiver, into a coach, an instructor, and down the line taking other new people for their first skydive.” 

 

Could this be the solution that researchers have been looking for, to help conquer PTSD and veteran suicide?  Could an instantaneous and complete activation of the sympathetic nervous system through skydiving really act as an antidepressant? Could it act in a similar way to electroconvulsive (shock) therapy?  Evidence and experience continues to support this theory.

 

The veterans we primarily help have been injured in combat or have been in combat at least. You’re taking these guys who have operated at the highest levels the human body is capable of, and then they stop. That can feel like a fall and lead to a mental and emotional decline in many people, especially if they’re simultaneously dealing with an injury. Insert skydiving. A sport that is renowned for its association with adrenaline junkies and those who love to live in the moment. These guys want to feel alive again and really enjoy life - skydiving offers a rush that is akin to combat, in a more controlled environment.” 

 

Now in their third year as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit (yes, your donations and ticket purchases are tax deductible), you can rest assured of two things; You’ll be thoroughly entertained, and you’ll be doing much more than just buying someone a ticket to skydive.

 

“Our biggest goal, aside from our purpose of teaching veterans adventure sports, is to open the world's first Adventure Therapy Academy. We want to have the one (or multiple) places on earth where those who suffer from life-altering circumstances such as combat related, victims of accidents or abuse, and other underserved communities, and provide opportunities and enablement solutions to help them continue on through life. With this academy, we will have a central location where our constituents can be safe, relax, and focus on developing themselves and a skillset that will last them a lifetime. For fiscal reasons, we have decided to pursue a mobile version to begin with. Purchasing a Mission Volant Mobile Adventure Therapy Academy is our first step - either a large RV, Sprinter Van, or even a retrofitted bus that allows MV volunteers to go to our donees to teach them, as well as cut out lodging costs. We want to make sure every dollar goes to our clients.” 

 

The money earned will be spent either directly on their programs (teaching skydiving, paragliding, and piloting lessons), or if the time is right and they have the right opportunity to execute, purchase their Mobile Adventure Therapy Academy. 

 

“I am incredibly proud of the effort the MV Team puts forth, and am proud to say that our income to program ratio for 2017 was 95%, up from 93% the previous year. 95 cents of every dollar went directly  to our programs in 2017, with the additional 5% used on marketing or travel costs, as well as overhead. When you make a donation to Mission Volant, you can be assured that we are putting it to its best use. This puts Mission Volant near the top of not only all veteran nonprofits, but all nonprofits in the US period for percentage. These numbers are based on our IRS form 990.” 

 

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets, please visit https://missionvolant.org/store/ or @missionvolant on Instagram.  For more information on David DaVinci; https://daviddavinci.com or @Thrillusionist on Instagram.

The show is September 14, 2018 at 7PM.  India Community Center • 525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA 95035. Family affordable tickets start at just $25.

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75TH ANNUAL TUTTLE, OKLAHOMA RODEO

We're in the middle of America... Literally. Though we are accustomed to the coast lines, we are grateful for the spirit and patriotism of the people of Tuttle, Oklahoma. 

The Mission Volant team was honored to jump into the Tuttle 75th Anniversary Rodeo by invitation of Mark "Salty" Bradley. There we met Veterans from years past and even more whom were soon to start their service to our country. 

Thanks to Scissortail Skydiving, our demo jump team was overhead on time and landed on target.  Too windy for the American flag , we opted for the Mission Volant banner instead. 

It was a great pleasure to meet the Veteran community of Tuttle, Oklahoma. We are looking forward to next year's event! 

If you or your company are looking for a skydive demonstration jump or corporate team building event, please message us HERE! 

Photo Credit: Firebrand 405

2018 SHOT SHOW DEMO JUMP

The MISSION VOLANT team was honored to be asked to perform a demonstration skydive into the Archon Firearms / Salient Arms International SHOT Show after party. On 23 JAN 2018 the Mission Volant skydive demonstration team exited FlyNYON's A-Star helicopter 5,000 ft. (AGL) over the Las Vegas, Nevada skyline carrying large banner flags and strobe lights that were visible from the ground. 

Within one minute of exiting, Mission Volant's first jumper, Michael, was landing on target with the  Buy a Home-Save a Vet parachute. Next came MV's President and Demo Team Leader, Austin, flying the Archon firearms banner flag. Following closely was MV's Director, Robbie, piloting the Enola Gaye Smoke Grenades parachute with the Salient Arms International banner flag in tow. 

Mission Volant performs demonstration jumps nation-wide to raise awareness of our mission of inspiring, training and equipping combat wounded Veterans with an adventurous skill-set to use for life. Our programs instill significance and bring community to those who have suffered traumatic injury in service to something greater than themselves. Demonstration jumps provide critical funding for the Mission Volant team to continue giving back to those before us.  

If you or you company would like to have a skydive demonstration jump at your event, please contact us HERE

 

2017 OPERATION JUMP 22

On this past Veteran's Day the culminating efforts of several organizers came together to launch the first annual Operation Jump 22. THE MISSION: Prevent Veteran suicide by introducing adventurous sport into the lives of those who need it most. On the morning of 11 NOV 2017 America's Veterans gathered from across the U.S. to experience skydiving for the first time. Throughout the day we completed over 90 jumps, caught up with old friends and made new ones, too! The Mission Volant team was honored to be the non-profit of choice to help put on this event! 

 

Thank you to the following sponsors who stepped up to enable this great event:

 

JONATHON BLANK, USMC (RET.)

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We met Jonathon Blank at the start of our organization. Jonathon was a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps with 6+ years of service. More than that, he was a sniper with the well-known reconnaissance community. The alpha of alphas. 

Despite Jonathon's physical wounds, he has twice the heart of anyone we have met. His vigor for life is endless and desire for more is unending. We are honored to know him and call him our friend. 

Our relationship with Jonathon will not be short lived, we plan to complete his skydiving training soon and have him a part of our team and lives until we are chasing ladies around together in the old folks home. 

As we continue to work with Jonathon you will see more photos and videos uploaded here to his blog entry. Stay tuned for some incredible happenings. 

TEAM WENDY 20TH ANN. DEMO JUMP

Team Wendy fulfills a crucial role to Mission Volant. With the innovative helmets they provide, MV can conduct our Veteran Adventure Therapy™ programs with a larger margin of safety. We are honored to have their support of what we do to serve others. Team Wendy "Innovates to Protect". 

MV SESSIONS: PARAGLIDING

In June 2017 the Mission Volant team hosted an introduction to paragliding at Torrey Pines Glider Port in San Diego, California. Even with less-than-ideal winds, we were still able to successfully introduce six (6) Veterans to the sport of paragliding. The event was capped with a raffle, including a surf board, Half Face Blades knives, and tandem skydives. Thank you to the supporters, sponsors, and teams that helped make this event come about!