Fabick Cat’s support of Wings of Hope began more than 50 years ago when Joe Fabick joined with three other St. Louis businessmen to raise the money to buy a metal airplane and send it to Kenya to help a nun flying medical missions there.
That capital campaign marked the birth of Wings of Hope, with Fabick leading the way as one of our four founders. Through the years, Fabick Cat and the Fabick family have been generous supporters of our work serving the poor worldwide and flying medical transports in the U.S.
In 1974, Joe Fabick was quoted in a Wings of Hope newsletter, saying:
“In the years ahead, Wings of Hope will continue to provide services exactly as they always have: free of charge as an inter-faith organization serving the cause of international brotherhood.”
Joe’s words have weathered the test of time. Thanks to his vision and the generosity of the company his father founded in 1917, Wings of Hope continues to pursue our mission of changing and savings lives through the power of aviation.
See Joe Fabick in this 1965 video of Wings of Hope sending that first metal plane to the field. Joe is the guy in the light-colored suit, delivering remarks at the sendoff.