Sentient Jet sponsors the Tim Russert Summer Groove to benefit children and teens

By Doug Gollan, August 18, 2018

Philanthropy is a core part of Sentient Jet’s proposition, and it continues this weekend on Nantucket as the jet card company works to the local Nantucket community


Directional Aviation’s Sentient jet company said it has been named a Platinum Sponsor of Nantucket’s annual Tim Russert Summer Groove event, taking place tomorrow on Saturday, August 18.  As the largest benefit for the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, the Summer Groove benefits 1,000 children and teen members and is one of the island’s most highly anticipated summer events.  2018 marks the second year Sentient has participated as a Platinum Sponsor, reaffirming the company’s commitment to supporting the local Nantucket community.  


“We are thrilled to support the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club this weekend at one of the most exciting events of the season,” said Andrew Collins, President and CEO of Sentient Jet. “Nantucket is a very popular destination for our Cardholders and we are constantly looking for meaningful ways to get involved with the island’s community.  We look forward to deepening our relationship with the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club and the community at-large through our continued support of this important annual fundraiser.”


The evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing will feature entertainment from Boston-based Big Party Orchestra and a live auction.  Following Sentient’s donation of two Kentucky Derby packages in 2017, which netted over $100,000 in proceeds to the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, Sentient will donate a luxury Aspen escape for the 2018 event. Sentient’s Aspen getaway offers access to the iconic mountain town, from luxury accommodations at The Little Nell Hotel, Aspen’s only 5-Star, 5-Diamond hotel, to a full day of private ski lessons with one of Aspen Mountain’s top ski pros.  The experience also includes a $1,000 gift card to splurge at Aspen’s premier luxury boutique, Gorsuch.  Additionally, the winner of the experience will receive a $10,000 Sentient Jet Flight Card, redeemable for travel to Aspen or any destination of the recipient’s choosing.


“We are grateful to have Sentient Jet’s continued support at this year’s Summer Groove, a special evening for our community to come together in support of a wonderful organization,” said Amy Sanford, Tim Russert Summer Groove Co-Chair.  “The live auction is always a highly anticipated element of the evening, and we are excited to be able to offer our guests such a fabulous Aspen experience from Sentient.”


Additional details on the Summer Groove event and insider Nantucket tips from Nantucket Boys & Girls Club Board of Trustees Chair, Lauren Marttila, can be found on Atmosphere, Sentient’s new lifestyle content hub featuring curated articles and exclusive insights from industry insiders and Sentient Jet partners. Boasting a range of content including articles, guides, and galleries, Atmosphere explores themes that resonate with the typical Cardholder, from guides to a major city’s art scene to a VIP’s behind-the-scenes look at a popular sporting event, like the Kentucky Derby.  Sentient’s Nantucket guide can be found here.


The first Summer Groove launched in 2002, created by the then Nantucket Boys & Girls Club Chair, Frenchie Doucette and then Trustee, Marty Teixeira.  A highlight of the first event was the Master of Ceremonies, Tim Russert. This marked the beginning of Tim’s relationship with the Club, as he joined the Board of Trustees in 2003 and continued as the Master of Ceremonies of the event each year, until his passing in 2008.  Growing up as a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo, New York, Tim had a passion for Boys & Girls Clubs. He was also passionate about Nantucket and the island’s youth. Tim was an active part of the Summer Groove event committee each year and was instrumental in its success as a fundraiser.  In 2009, the event was renamed to honor Tim, and the Tim Russert Spirit of Hope Award was established to continue his legacy. The award is presented to individuals who are ardent supporters of not only the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club but are also philanthropic within the broader Nantucket community.

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