CG RC Flyers

Alan Friedman, president of Casa Grande RC Flyers, from right, meets with Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland; Steve Hardesty, community services director; Steven Weaver, deputy city manager; and Larry Rains, Casa Grande city manager on June 17.

CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande RC Flyers hope to help more local charities.

The model aircraft club, with its airfield at 2725 S. Isom Road, has several special events in the winter months that are designed to introduce people to the hobby and raise money for charity.

Over the years the group has raised money for the Casa Grande Food Bank, Valley Humane Society, Hospice Charitable Fund of Central Arizona and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley.

Recently two of the club’s officers met with city officials and discussed the club’s future plans and desires to help more people, the club said in a press release.

Club President Alan Friedman said he came away from the meeting with the suggestion that the RC Flyers help additional nonprofits including churches and service clubs.

“The club could provide and sell food items such as coffee and donuts at the club events without the need for special city licensing, provided the items were purchased from a local licensed business and brought to the field for resale. The cooking would have to be done at a licensed facility,” Friedman said.

The club has several potential events that could be used as fundraisers.

“There are many opportunities to offer these items for sale including most Saturdays when the club holds special events and Thursdays when the club holds their weekly airplane combat dogfights. All these events take place from November through March,” Friedman said.

Events are listed on the club’s website at

Clubs, charities and nonprofits interested in learning more about fundraising opportunities may email the club at

The Casa Grande RC Flyers is the area’s most awarded Academy of Model Aeronautics model aircraft club and a “Gold Level Leader Club” as well as an “Award Of Excellence” winner, making it one of only 57 clubs to ever receive the AMA’s top honor.

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