Date: September 29, 1967
Location: Dayton, OH
Newspaper: The Journal Herald
Dayton women will hold an authentic Flea Market Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Wampler’s Arena as the first stage in the fund-raising drive for “Wings for Peace,” United Missions Air Training and Transport, Inc. (UMATT).
Their long-range goal in this two stage operation is to raise $500,000 to permanently establish support for UMATT’s “Flying Peace Corps.”
The second stage is a massive fund raising drive in the Dayton area during the first week of December.
Jane Hamilton, UMATT’s public relations director, said a flea market is “bargaining, junk, real authentic ‘finds,’ home cooked foods, helicopter rides, aerial sky diving, balloons, music, fun – a terrific day for the entire family.”
The parking lot of Wampler’s Arena has been donated to the organization, according to Miss Hamilton, and space rented by UMATT to church groups, service clubs, collectors, individuals, and other organizations, providing them with an opportunity to do fund raising for their own clubs, and at the same time benefitting “Wings for Peace.”
Miss Hamilton reports there is still space available and organizations interested in participating should call UMATT offices at the University of Dayton.
Special guests scheduled to put in appearances are Miss Ohio, Pam Robinson of Beavercreek, Mrs. Jerrie Mock, the Columbus grandmother who broke the non-stop, around the world flying record for women in 1966, and Max Conrad, who bills himself as the “Flying Grandfather.”
In addition to the booths and the special guests, there will be entertainment, including “Sing Out ’67” and country and folk music performers.
UMATT is a chartered, non-profit private organization, not sponsored by federal government funds.
The “Flying Peace Corps” has been operating in East Africa for six years, providing free air-lift service serving schools, agricultural co-operatives, medical stations, home crafts enterprises and irrigation projects.
Countries now serves by the “Flying Peace Corps” are Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia.
Miss Hamilton said UMATT has “been so successful in Africa, and calls from South America, latin America, and other places have been so strong,” that they must expand and make the operation permanent.
UMATT feels that this type of program will “create a potent example of people-to-people assistance.”