By Andy Riffle, Chad Gabagat and Kevin Larson, Alaska Airlines GLOBE employee group
As employees of Alaska Airlines, with a collective 30 years between us, we’ve always been proud to work for a company that is committed to supporting the communities it serves.
As the leaders of GLOBE, Alaska’s resource group for LGBT employees and supporters, we truly believe this philosophy is ingrained in our company’s DNA, from airport customer service agent to CEO.
We are broken-hearted by the horrific events that unfolded in Orlando early Sunday. Over the past few days, we’ve heard from many of our fellow employees – both GLOBE members and not – that they too have been deeply affected by the attack and want to know what they can do to help.
Today, we’re proud to share that Alaska Airlines will provide free air travel on Alaska for the immediate family members of those killed or injured in the Orlando shooting, as well as spouses or domestic partners of the victims and their immediate families.
If you fall into one of the above categories and need to book travel to Orlando, call 1-888-327-2755 for assistance. Alaska Airlines serves Orlando from Seattle and San Diego.
Additionally, our company is making a $25,000 contribution to the OneOrlando fund, a project of Strengthen Orlando, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. This organization is local to Orlando and is best-positioned to take care of families who need support and care while they work through this challenging time in the Orlando area.
If you are like us and eager to do something to show your support for Orlando and the people affected by this horrific event, you can make a contribution to the OneOrlando fund at www.oneorlando.org.
We are also encouraging our fellow Alaska and Horizon Air employees to donate through our employee giving program for matching eligible funds.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and their families, and the greater LGBT community. From all of us at Alaska Airlines, we stand by you and will always believe that love conquers hate.
Andy Riffle – GLOBE President
Chad Gabagat – GLOBE Vice President
Kevin Larson – GLOBE Vice President
Photo caption: Flags at Alaska Airlines Corporate Headquarters fly at half-staff on June 13, 2016