United Airlines 14th Annual Plane Pull raises more than $20,000

Leo Palace/Team Chikara won the men’s division.

United Airlines’ 14th Annual United Plane Pull “Towing the Line to Save Lives” held Saturday at the United hangar in Tiyan raised more than $20,000, which directly and equally benefitted Plane Pull beneficiaries American Cancer Society and Guam Cancer Care.

The annual Plane Pull event, which is organized and sponsored by United employees, has attracted more than 12,000 participants throughout the past 14 years and has raised close to $360,000 for local charities.

Thirty-two teams registered to tow the line in the fight against cancer.

Sam Shinohara, United’s managing director of airport operations Asia/Pacific said, “Plane Pull brings the best of our community together to raise funds for the fight against cancer. I’d like to thank each of the teams who came out strong in support of our Cancer Warriors and Survivors, American Cancer Society and Guam Cancer Care. We’re also proud to have our media partners participate in this year’s event and we hope to continue to have a media team for future events. Plane Pull continues to grow through the generosity and commitment of our island community. Thank you to our Plane Pull committee and the nearly 1,000 United employees who organized and put on this incredible event”

Teams competed to pull a United Boeing 737 aircraft — 129 feet long, 41 feet high and 124 feet wide, weighing a total of 145,000 pounds — 12 feet in the fastest time.

Two teams claimed the title of 2019 United Plane Pull Champion. Leo Palace/Team Chikara won the men’s division and The Giving Tree Preschool/Team #TGT took the win in the co-ed division.

Paula Monk, United’s senior sales manager, Guam and Micronesia said, “Cancer affects all of us in one way or another and we’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to play a role in supporting the American Cancer Society and Guam Cancer Care. Guam is such a giving community and our annual Plane Pull event is so successful because of the support and generosity of the community and our Guam based employees. We look forward to building on the success and momentum of this year’s event as we look forward to our 15th Annual Plane Pull event in 2020.”