Vectren Air Show Preview Day

Vectren Air Show Preview Day

Hosted by the Vectren Air Show and sponsored by Dayton Power & Light, wish families from the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. were treated to a day on the tarmac as pilots and organizers prepped for the 2015 Dayton Air Show. Usually enduring high temperatures, families this year were battling near-constant rain that kept the planes grounded for most of the day. However, that did not stop wish families and volunteers from having a great time.

With drinks provided by Coca-Cola and food by Zombie Dogz and Kona Ice, families filled their bellies as they waited for the clouds to lift, braving the rain and mud, even using the table umbrellas as cover. The few families that stayed to the bitter end were treated to a short program from Sean D. Tucker and a US Navy F-18 Hornet. The Air Force Thunderbirds, even though unable to fly, met with families at the end of the afternoon at the Airport Expo Center. Dayton’s RTA graciously transported families to and from the event.

One family who stayed until the end, was the Kern family. Wish Kid Peyton insisted they come out even in the rain. She just had a kidney transplant in April and has been in and out of the hospital ever since. So, for many families like theirs, this is a special day to come out and be together.

“She wanted to stick it out,” said Peyton’s mother Carrie. “She thinks the Air Show Preview is her personal VIP pass and the whole day makes her feel so special. We can’t thank Vectren, DP&L and all the other companies involved enough.”

The Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation has been honored to be a part of this event for nearly ten years. Despite a soggy start, the Vectren Air Show Preview was a great day for families who have endured so much to come out and have a great time at a classic Dayton event.

The mission of A Special Wish Foundation is to grant the wish of a child or adolescent, birth through age 20 who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder. Since 1983, the Dayton Chapter has been granting wishes to children and adolescents in Montgomery, Miami, Darke, Greene, Mercer and Shelby counties. The Dayton Chapter has granted over 1,600 wishes – delivering smiles and joy to area children and their families. A Special Wish Foundation is funded entirely through the generosity and support of Miami Valley residents, organizations and volunteers. For more information, visit