CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – HALO-Flight, Inc. is happy to announce that the Riviera Telephone Company will continue their long-standing relationship with HALO-Flight by presenting HALO-Flight’s 5th Annual Sky High Rollers Casino Night fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2018 at L&F Distributors.

“Riviera Telephone Company is proud to be the presenting sponsor for this signature event,” said Bill Colston, Jr., President of Riviera Telephone Company.  “We believe in the mission of HALO-Flight and recognize the vital need for such a life-saving service here in South Texas.”

The Sky High Rollers Casino Night is HALO-Flight’s first fundraisers of the year, and has proved to a both a great time for guests and a tremendous success for HALO-Flight. With a Texas Chic theme, the event offers something for everyone – Texas gaming by Just Like Vegas, Texas music with live entertainment by Riptide, Texas food by Piping Hot Catering Co, Texas beverage, silent auction, gun board, and casino prizes and all for a donation of $100. Whether you win or lose, all the proceeds from this event benefit the life-saving Mission of HALO-Flight.

“Riviera Telephone Company has been an invaluable partner with HALO-Flight for many years,” said Tom Klassen, Executive Director of HALO-Flight. “With their consistent support, they have helped us save lives in South Texas.”

HALO-Flight invites you to join in their fun-filled fundraising event! Sponsorships are currently available.  For more information, please contact Jane Dare Haas, at 361.265.0509 or janeh@haloflight.org or visit the website at www.haloflight.org


About HALO-Flight

Since its inception three decades ago, HALO-Flight has transported thousands of patients of accidents, heart attacks and strokes, newborns and many more to various hospitals, who might not have survived otherwise.

Emergency helicopter assistance is provided to all persons regardless of their ability to pay.  HALO-Flight serves a 26-county area in South Texas covering 28,000 square miles with a population of over one million.  More information is available at www.haloflight.org.


About Riviera Telephone Company

 The “Riviera and Riviera Beach Telephone Exchange” was organized and built in 1910 by B.A., T.B. and M.C. Whitcomb. Today, Riviera Telephone Company, Inc. currently serves approximately 1150 customers out of four exchanges; Riviera, Loyola Beach, Sarita and Armstrong.  The service area encompasses three Texas counties, Kleberg, Kenedy and Brooks and covers approximately 1000 square miles.  More information is available at www.rivnet.com.



HALO-Flight is excited to announce that we have filled our Director of Education position with Ryan Kelley. Mr. Ryan Kelley graduated from Ellison High School in Killeen, Texas in 1994 and began his service in the U.S. Marine Corps shortly thereafter as an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter Specialist. From 1998 to 2011 Ryan served the cities of Kingsville and Portland Fire Departments gaining a wide variety of experience and education in the emergency medical and fire service fields eventually serving as a Shift Captain and EMS supervisor. Over the years he has obtained his EMT-Basic, Intermediate, Licensed Paramedic certifications, and Associate’s Degree in EMS from Del Mar College. Additional certifications that Ryan holds include Certified Flight Paramedic, Critical Care EMT-P, National Registry EMT-P, and TDSHS Instructor. Ryan most enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and is also a Certified Coach and avid Crossfit athlete at Crossfit XLR8 in Portland.

“I’ve been at HALO-Flight since 2010 and am really looking forward to my changing role as Director of Education. I am excited to develop this position into a resource that will help our customers grow their knowledge, experience and provide a higher level of care to their patients and communities”, said Ryan Kelley.

HALO-Flight, Inc. and Del Mar College have created a unique partnership through an internship program that was created nearly two years ago, in mid-2012. Throughout this time, we have honed in and crafted the program to best help everyone involved.

It began with a conversation between HALO-Flight’s Director of Maintenance and the Director of Aviation Maintenance at Del Mar College. They determined that this was a great partnership and HALO-Flight felt that our participation in this endeavor was a great way to involve the community and to further student’s understanding and excitement for this field. This is a six month paid internship, which provides an opportunity to the intern for valuable field experience within the aviation industry.

“The knowledge and hands-on experience that the interns gain is invaluable and is a great way to keep HALO-Flight connected to such a great community.” Said Vince Vincent, HALO-Flight’s Director of Maintenance. “This internship program provides us with an additional, qualified, technician, as well as allowing the students going through DMC’s program actual experience to bring when entering the workforce after graduation.”

HALO-Flight, Inc. is so excited to announce that the Riviera Telephone Company, along with us, will be introducing an entirely new fundraising event next year…. Casino Night!

This red carpet affair will provide attendees with the opportunity to try their hand at black jack, poker, roulette, craps, and slot machines. Throughout the evening, we will provide heavy hor d’oeuvers and live entertainment in the form of the Spazmatics, ending the evening with a raffle. Whether you win or lose, all the proceeds from this event will benefit HALO-Flight.

We sincerely hope that the community will all join us in the launch of this new fundraising event! Sponsorships are currently available! If interested, contact Stephanie Knox at 361.265.0509 or stephaniek@haloflight.org.


Coastal Bend giving rose to unprecedented heights on the fifth Coastal Bend Day of Giving with support by a record number of residents for the needs of their neighbors and friends. A total of $1,254,005 was raised for 30 area non-profit organizations that provide help to the neediest in our communities. In the 24-hour online fundraising campaign, individual donations numbered over 5,300 and totaled $823,955, which is matched by a funding pool of $430,050 provided by 16 local donors and foundations.

28 of the 30 charities will receive the full amount of the matching gift fund- $14,335, and the remaining will be matched dollar for dollar with the individual donations.

This year’s Day of Giving campaign demonstrated the generosity and community-minded spirit thriving in the Coastal Bend. By all measures, the 2013 event set new precedents for giving in the area. The tone for the Day was set with an unexpected additional $30,000 donation to the match pool, made by Mrs. Nova Herin in memory of her late husband, Buddy Herin, providing an additional $1,000 in matching funds available to each nonprofit. 

In the previous four Days of Giving (2009-2012) nearly 2.6 million was raised. This single Day of Giving (2013) raised nearly 50% of that, $1.25 million to help the area’s most vulnerable populations. Funds raised through the Coastal Bend Day of Giving are designated to be spent exclusively on direct program support to maximize the benefit “on the ground” for the needy.

HALO-Flight is excited to announce that we were able to receive the 2013 match! We received $21,626.08 in donations from JustGive.org, along with matching funds of $14,448.43, totaling $36,074.51. This astonishing display of support and generosity was greatly appreciated and highly recognized. We could not do what we do without the support from community members, and the success of this 2013 campaign is truly amazing! Thank you!


How can you support HALO-Flight this Fall?

The Coastal Bend Day of Giving is a 24 hour, online opportunity to donate to local charities that assist those most at risk in our region. We are honored to have been selected to participate again in this year’s campaign. The campaign will kick off on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Thirty charities have been selected as recipients from around the Coastal Bend. For a list of non-profits, please visit http://www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org/. At the end of the day, the Coastal Bend Day of Giving will provide a grant to match funds to each of the charities participating. The economic downturn that began in 2008 continues to impact many Coastal Bend residents and the nonprofits that serve them. Demands for services have not abated, but many nonprofits are still seeing smaller donations.

To contribute, simply log on to http://www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org/ on November 12th, complete a brief form, select your charity (or charities) using the shopping cart feature, and make a donation using your credit or debit card ($10 minimum). Giving made easy!

All donations will be applied to the annual expense of maintaining and operating our 3 Bell 407 helicopters. These costs make up more than 90% of HALO-Flight’s 3-million dollar plus operating budget. HALO-Flight’s mission is to provide medical transport for critically ill or injured persons requiring medical or trauma facilities within our South Texas service area. Emergency assistance is provided to all persons regardless of their ability to pay. For more information about HALO-Flight, please visit us at www.haloflight.org.

Thank you for your continued support and generosity!

Coastal Day of Giving History:

In the fall of 2009, Coastal Bend Community Foundation joined with eight additional funders to provide $150,000 in matching funds for a one-day, internet-based fundraising campaign, called the Coastal Bend Day of Giving. Due to the overwhelming success of the event – raising over $400,000 for 25 nonprofits – the event was repeated in 2010, raising $625,000 for 33 nonprofits and in 2011, raising $690,000 for 22. The three events, each only 24 hours in duration, have raised over $1.7 million for nonprofits at the forefront of providing services to those in need in the Coastal Bend.Image

We are excited to announce that our most recent fundraiser, the 2013 Una Caja Dove Shoot, presented by CITGO, was very successful! It was held Wednesday, October 16, at Laura Berry’s Lonesome Dove Ranch. We were very pleased to have such a great turnout and such a great time! We grossed over $83,000 with net proceeds helping to protect over one-million people living in the 28,000 square miles of HALO-Flight’s 26-county service area.

We had 15 teams participating, along with over 50 silent auction items, shooting games, food and drinks, and almost 90 dove shot! We had beautiful weather, great sponsors (CITGO, Riviera Telephone Company, Coastal Land Drilling, American Bank, L&F Distributors, Diamond B, Americana Arms, and Ainsworth Trucking), and many helpful volunteers. We could not have asked for more! Our only hope is that everyone returns next year and has just as good, if not better, a time as this year!

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