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The Snowball Express Bring 1,600 Children and Spouses of Fallen Military to Dallas/Fort Worth


The Snowball Express Brings 1,600 Children and Spouses of Fallen Military to Dallas/Fort Worth

Colorado Springs, Dec. 7, 2017 – For a special group of military families, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, won’t be an ordinary day. More than 1,600 children and spouses of fallen U.S. military members will head out on an all-expense-paid journey to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, for the 12th annual Snowball Express. While many look forward to the holiday season with excitement and anticipation of times with family and friends, the holidays can be difficult for those who have lost a loved one — especially the families of our fallen military.

Snowball Express is a nonprofit organization with the goal of “Serving the Children of Our Fallen Military Heroes.” Snowball Express is bringing hope and new happy memories to the children of military heroes who have died while on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001.

As the official airline of Snowball Express, American Airlines is providing the majority of the air travel, and all flight crews and hundreds of team member volunteers are donating their time to participate in this special program. Eleven chartered American aircraft will depart from numerous cities — including Colorado Springs, Colorado — to pick up Snowball families.

While in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area, the families will participate in a series of activities starting with a Texas-sized welcome, including: a Walk of Gratitude honoring their sacrifice, a “knight” of jousting fun at Medieval Times and a private concert by Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.


Snowball Express will partner with American Airlines to fly more than 1,600 children and spouses of fallen military heroes to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Dec. 9-13 for holiday fun

Before departing from Colorado Springs, families will enjoy the following activities at Gate 1: Two falconers and falcons from the Air Force Academy, flag salute by the Patriot Guard Riders, music by the 4th ID Band from Ft. Carson, face painting and crafts, balloon maker and magician, lunch buffet, Snowball Express banner signing, and a water salute as the Snowball Express departs.


More than 40 members of local Colorado Springs Snowball Express families, Snowball Express representatives and American Airlines employees

Interview opportunities:

Children and spouses of service members who have died in active duty since Sept. 11, 2001

American Airlines team member volunteers including: pilots, flight attendants, airport operations teams and more

Perry Kas, General Manager, American Airlines


Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Event begins at 11:30 AM

Snowball Express charter departs Colorado Springs at 1:15 PM

MEDIA: Please arrive at the AMERICAN AIRLINES TICKET COUNTER no later than 12:00 PM. You will need to present a government-issued ID, such as your driver’s license, to get through security.

If you plan to attend the send-off party at Gate 1 of the Colorado Springs Airport, 7770 Milton E. Proby Parkway, please contact Beverly Harms,, by 12:00 PM, Friday, Dec. 8, as we must provide an advance list to airport security. We must have your full name (first, middle and last) gender and birth date for security clearance purposes, and this information must match your government-issued ID.

American Airlines Contact:

Beverly Harms

American Airlines



Colorado Springs Airport Contact:

Sydney Kozel

Public Communications Specialist



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