Posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by RODNEY HOfirstname.lastname@example.org on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
For the 16th year, Bert Weiss of Q100 and his Bert's Big Adventure charity sent 13 children with chronic and terminal illnesses to Walt Disney World along with their families on a charter flight to Orlando.
I attend the kickoff party every year, first at The Renaissance Concourse Airport Hotel, then at the hangar where the flight takes off. He gives each of the kids surprise gifts. This year, Bert bestowed various kids a donated customized treehouse, a VIP experience at an Atlanta United game and a special trip to Raleigh, N.C. for Monster Jam.
This is the first year the organization is without Stacey Weiss, Bert's ex wife. They divorced in 2015. Stacey was an integral part of the organization but chose to step down last year to pursue a real estate career full time.
It's an impressive operation that requires a lot of donated cash and services including Endeavor Air providing a free flight. There are also programs throughout the year for the kids and a Fairy Godmother program to visit kids in hospitals. Its most recent publicly available 990 form from 2015 shows revenues of $763,521.
And with Brian Moote having just left the Bert Show for a gig in Los Angeles, that opened up a slot for assistant producer Davi Crimmins to go on the trip for the first time.