Mercy Flight Beacon of Hope

Mercy Flight Beacon of Hope Gala

Retired Walt Disney Exec leading charge at Beacon of Hope Gala

Mercy Flight is gearing up for its September 9, 2017 Beacon of Hope Gala ( and leading the charge is retired Walt Disney Company executive and Hamburg native, Bryan Wittman. Wittman is thrilled to support Mercy Flight, a nonprofit near and dear to his heart.

“Mercy Flight strives to provide the most advanced, compassionate and expert emergency medical care in a way that does not create financial adversity for patients,” says Wittman. “I am consistently amazed by the work of this nonprofit, and their commitment to patient care when minutes matter.”

Wittman is a consultant for Mercy Flight, and as part of that, leads the gala fundraising efforts. His success story includes 29-years working with The Walt Disney Company, expertly planning and producing his way from the Promotions Department to the office of Corporate Vice President of Global Special Events.

His leadership and experience at Disney paved the way for a lifelong career and talent in event planning, entertainment and marketing. Locally, Wittman is responsible for the highly acclaimed, record breaking Shea’s 90th Anniversary Gala in April 2016.

Globally, Wittman was the creative force behind world-renowned events and productions, such as, Super Bowl halftime shows, the Macy’s parade and Pasadena’s famed Rose Parade.

Mercy Flight’s Vice President of Marketing and Development Amy Starck adds, “We have been planning this monumental occasion for months, and it’s been tremendous to work alongside Bryan to bring a night of elegance and honor to Western New York. His creativity and event expertise are certainly unmatched.”

This year’s Mercy Flight Gala is a salute to the community’s EMS and First Responders with a live performance by Daniel Rodriguez, “America’s Beloved Tenor” and retired NYPD officer and 9/11 first responder. It takes place at Kleinhans Music Hall, beginning at 5:30 p.m., with dinner by Oliver’s, live and silent auctions, and many surprises in store for attendees.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Ashley Coder at or (716) 626-5805 x1358 for details. You can also purchase your tickets before they sell out at

Mercy Flight performs lifesaving services, via air and ground emergency medical transport, without regard to patients’ insurance status or ability to pay. The nonprofit organization has safely completed nearly 26,000 patient missions since 1981.


Mercy Flight Inc., d/b/a Mercy Flight of Western New York and Mercy EMS, is an independent nonprofit provider of medical transport services, by both air and ground. Operations began in 1981 as the first medically-dedicated air ambulance service in New York State. Today, the charitable organization operates four helicopter bases staffed by Pilots, Flight Paramedics and Flight Nurses in Buffalo (headquarters), Olean, Springville and Batavia. Long distance air transports are conducted using a Learjet 31A and the same critical care medical teams that staff the helicopters. Flight Physicians also join the team as needed based on the condition of the patient. Mercy Flight’s ground ambulance division, Mercy EMS, provides service for Genesee County, The Town of Niagara and the Town of Concord and Village of Springville.

Together, the organization’s employees, now over 200 strong, support the mission of being “A BEACON OF HOPE, WHEN MINUTES MATTER

For more information about Mercy Flight, sponsoring a patient mission at a donation of $1,420 or for details on upcoming events please visit, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.