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Grace on Wings 2016 Fundraising Gala
@ the Indianapolis International Airport
Updated: August 2, 2016


RESERVE YOUR SEAT for Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 5:15 PM!


A 1st class seat is being reserved especially for you and may we assure you there will be plenty of leg room and no need to limit your number of carry-ons!!!


As a matter of fact, please feel free to invite as many of your family and friends as you would like. It has been a while since we have gotten together and we have missed you all.


After much prayer we have made some changes this year combining our annual gala and hog roast making this our only fundraising event for the year.


Print and mail your RSVP:
Grace on Wings
ATTN: Gala Coordinator
2755 Cargo Drive Indianapolis, IN 46241

Make Checks payable to: Grace on Wings



Hoaglin Catering is proud to be working with Grace on Wings for their annual gala. Grace on Wings is celebrating its 8th Annual Grace on Wings Fundraising Gala on September 10th, 2016.


Grace on Wings is the nation’s only nonprofit public charity air transport operating under IRS code 501 (c)(3) regulations. Their purpose is to show Christ’s love through aviation and to provide cost efficient fixed-wing air ambulance transport for medical patients throughout the United States. With your support, Grace on Wings can continue to provide the nation’s only charitable air ambulance to those in need.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 10th, 2016.




    Some of the things you can look forward to during the event includes:


     • A buffet dinner
     • A silent auction along with a few live auction prizes
     • Ministry update from CEO/Chief Pilot Hal Blank  
     • Special Guest speaker: Captain Guy Gruters

     • ...and most importanly....our 2 hardest workers in the ministry:


    Nellie and Abe will be open and available for tours as we invite you to take a look inside!




    It will be a fun night with great food and a REMARKABLE SPEAKER THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS; CAPTAIN GUY GRUTERS


    Captain Guy Dennis Gruters (born 1942) was a United States Air Force officer and fighter pilot best known for his survival for over five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He was one of the 591 surviving POWs of all military services released in 1973 for return to the United States during Operation Homecoming.




    Captain Gruters was accepted at the US Air Force Academy where he graduated with his BS in Engineering Science ranking 7th in his graduating class overall and # 1 in Engineering Science. From there he went on to receive his Masters of Science in Astronautical Engineering in less than 1 year from right here in Indiana at Purdue University.


    After that he volunteered for Vietnam as a fighter pilot serving 6 years. During those 6 years he spent 5 years and 3 months being held captive as a POW after being shot down twice.


    He was held in Hanoi Hilton among other POW camps and after these long years of torture he was released in 1973.




    He has been awarded: 2 SILVER STARS; THE BRONZE STAR VALOR; 2 PURPLE HEARTS; 20 AIR MEDALS, and the POW MEDAL among several other recognitions during his service to our country.


    What a wonderful and rare opportunity to hear his story.


    Unfortunately there are not many of these gentlemen left to share their experience which is so important to our American history. All things are possible with God and He alone has given each of us a role in this particular ministry to share His love and kindness. We cannot thank each of you enough for helping us to serve our patients and their families you are vital to this ministry.


    Visit http://www.guygruters.net for more about Guy!




    We urge you to please invite your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to hear more about Grace on Wings and in helping to spread this ministry so that we can continue to serve.




    Contact shelli.engle@graceonwings.org with any questions :)




    Grace on Wings Headquarters
    @ the Indianapolis International Airport
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 5:15 PM!


    Grace on Wings
    2755 Cargo Drive
    Indianapolis, IN 46241


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American Family Radio Interview with Dr. Milstead
Posted: March 19, 2014


Dr. James R. Milstead, author of "Answering The Call: The Story of Grace on Wings" appeared on the American Family Radio program "Today's Issues" on March 18, 2014.


Dr. Milstead talked with Lauren Stewart and Ray Pritchard about his book entitled "Answering The Call: The Story of Grace on Wings", the ministry of Grace on Wings, and the volunteers who make Showing Christ's Love through Aviation possible.


PROGRAM NAME: Today's Issues
DATE: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Xulon’s 2013 Christian Writers Award Contest Winner
Posted: January 11, 2014


Grace on Wings Medical Director and independent author Dr. James R. Milstead was blessed to receive an award from Xulon Press for "Answering The Call: The Story of Grace on Wings" in the 2013 Christian Writers Award Contest.


The Christian Writers Award 2013

Sponsored by Xulon Press, the Christian Writers Award recognizes preeminent new Christian authors who are independently published.


Read about the Contest


About Xulon Press

Xulon Press is the largest, most experienced Christian owned and operated print-on-demand self publisher of Christian books.

Book Summary

Grace on Wings, the only charity air ambulance in the United States, was founded in 2006 when a group of volunteers responded to God’s call on their lives.


Since then, the ministry has served 271 patients in crisis from a medical emergency. This book shares their stories and some of the amazing patient transport stories. On a deeper level, it challenges all readers to hear and answer God’s call to love and serve others.


Get your copy today!


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On Sale Now!
Posted: December 2, 2013



Praise for "Answering the Call"


“I remember well the day Hal presented to me and our senior lender. The deep passion oozed out of him. The love of Jesus and commitment to this ministry was compelling.”


Karen Miller, President and CEO,

The Farmers Bank


“Answering the Call tells the wonderful story of friends who heard God’s call to go beyond the usual, beyond the normal way of life, into an exciting and unique way of serving the Lord and helping people who desperately need help. Jim Milstead shares the challenges, the responses, and the blessings of God as the Grace on Wings team steps forward in faith to do the seemingly impossible. This book is a great read, as it turns our personal thoughts into how we too can answer the call and do the impossible with God’s leading.”


Donna Thomas,

Christian Vision Ministries






"Grace on Wings will receive a royalty of approximately 25% of the retail price of the book when bought through most retailers.

However, if you purchase the book through Xulon Press, 50% of the retail price goes directly to the ministry!"



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Grace on Wings completes 250th Mission!
Posted: July 24, 2013


Indianapolis, Indiana - On Tuesday July 23, 2013 Grace on Wings transported it's 250th patient to be home with her family.


Watch special coverage of this flight from from WTHITV10 in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Mission 250: Galesburg to Paris



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We ask for your prayers for the flight crew, medical staff, patients and families.


Mission 242 Report
June 25, 2013

Maddy R has cerebral palsy and spina bifida. She loves to see Grandpa in Florida and go swimming and recently traveled with her family to Naples, Florida for a rare family vacation when she came down with pneumonia.


She had never had that type of illness.


She ended up on life support and the family stayed near her side. With many prayers and God's goodness, the doctors finally found the antibiotic that began to fight her aggressive infection 3 weeks later. She began to heal but her little body was so weak that they told the family she would need a month to wean off the ventilator. Her only hopes to get home was an air ambulance.


The family contacted us and we told them that we needed approximately $9,000.00 to run our aircraft with volunteer staff to come get her home to Indy.


The family contacted Fox 59 for help and they did a story both in Indy and in Naples and within 48 hours the money was donated by gracious viewers! We were able to go get her and bring her back to Riley Hospital for Children.


When I went to visit within two days of returning she was sitting up in bed with assistance. Mom said they were afraid to move her in Florida. She weaned off the vent the first week and is now at home doing great!


Please visit the link to see the wonderful story Fox 59 did for Maddy and thanks to my team of Hal, Dr Jim, Chris, Danielle and also the great team at Heartland Ambulance for donating the ground ambulance-what an awesome mission to get this little one and her family home.



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Grace on Wings Awarded by Association of
Air Medical Services (AAMS)
September 29, 2012


The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) awarded Grace on Wings The FIXED WING AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for 2012.


The AAMS recognizes an individual/team that has made significant contributions to enhance the development or promote the improvement of patient care and/or safety, specifically in the fixed wing component of the air medical transport community.


The PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AWARD recognizes an emergency medical program (national or international) that has demonstrated a superior level of patient care, management prowess, quality leadership through visionary and innovative approaches, customer service, safety consciousness, marketing ingenuity, community service and/or commitment to the medical transport community as a whole.


The program must have been in operation for at least 5 years in the emergency medical transport community (rotor wing, fixed wing, and/or critical care ground), accident free for the last 12 months, and a current Regular Member of AAMS.


Number of years in operation, how the program has worked to be fiscally sound, accident-free for 12 months, customer-service indicators, QA benchmarks, improvements in reimbursement criteria/revenue generation, and winner or applicant of other awards. CAMTS certification is highly recommended, but not required.


Visit the AAMS website at www.aams.org.






Grace on Wings in the News > Video Available
February 21, 2012


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A mother was reunited with her sick son after financial difficulties kept them apart for nearly two months. The reunion was all thanks to a non-profit organization based out of Indianapolis: Grace on Wings.


Read the Full Article at wishtv.com



Critical Care Certification

Friday, August 7, 2009


On July 17th, Grace on Wings was approved by the State of Indiana EMS Commission to now do critical care ALS (Advanced Life Support) patient transports. This means we can now do patients needing ventilator support and invasive monitoring.


The road to becoming critically care certified has been long and there have been huge "God sightings" along the way. We have been blessed to have almost 20 critically care certified nurses and medics and respiratory therapists come along side to volunteer.


We received a grant from North Central Health Services for a much needed high quality portable monitor/defibrillator. PMI medical equipment company has graciously donated a ventilator. Hendricks Regional Health has agreed to donate and re-supply any medications we need.


KATZ has agreed to supply the disposable equipment needs and St. Vincent Frankfort has come along side us to be our "sponsoring hospital in charge of quality review and education. Wow - how God equips us when what He wants accomplished is taken on by His followers.



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