updated 8/31/2010 6:45:59 PM ET 2010-08-31T22:45:59

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Sunday, September 5, private jet company Avantair (OTCBB:AAIR) will host the "First Annual Sunday Classic with Nacho Figueras" benefiting non-profit organization, Work to Ride.

A master of polo, the "Sport of Kings" and renowned Ralph Lauren model, Ignacio "Nacho" Figueras has made his mark in the equestrian world.  Nacho Figueras has brought polo to a new market and broadened the appeal of the timeless sport.  Nacho has teamed up with Work to Ride, a 501(c)3, non-profit that helps inner-city kids develop self-discipline and life skills by learning how to ride and care for horses.

Two Trees Farm, the home of Bridgehampton polo, will play host to the First Annual Sunday Classic with a private polo match, cocktails, and a silent auction with the VIPS, trendsetters and tastemakers of the east coast.

The Sunday Classic will begin with a cocktail hour and private polo tutorial with Nacho Figueras and children from Work to Ride.  Following the tutorial, Nacho and select players in the polo community will compete for the first ever "Work to Ride Avantair Trophy." Joining Nacho on his team will be several children from Work to Ride. The event will continue with a champagne reception, Avantair trophy presentation and DJ series.

A Silent Auction will run throughout the event with proceeds benefiting Work to Ride.  Auction items include fine art, hotel and resort packages, restaurant packages, tickets to sporting and entertainment events in the New York metropolitan area, designer apparel and fine jewelry. Gilt City members will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase items "matched" items from the silent auction. Tickets for the event will also be sold on Gilt City. http://www.giltcity.com/newyork/nachofigueras

The event is supported by our title sponsor Avantair, and partner sponsors Ferrari, Voss Water, Maria Bonita Salon, h.wood.tea, Almond and FUZE Beverages.

About Work to Ride:

Work to Ride (WTR) is a 501(c)3, non-profit community-based prevention program that aids disadvantaged urban youth through constructive activities centered on horsemanship, equine sports and education. The program is housed at Chamounix Stables, located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. This setting provides a unique opportunity to bring urban youth in contact with animals and nature. Work to Ride is designed as a long-term program for 7 to 19 year-old youth, who must commit to a minimum of one year of participation. It is, however, expected that participants will choose to remain with the program through high school graduation. Work to Ride graduates receive help with college enrollment, and most also choose to return to mentor new participants. www.worktoride.net

About Avantair:

Avantair, the only publicly traded stand-alone private aircraft operator and the sole North American provider of fractional shares, flight time cards and Axis Club Membership in the Piaggio Avanti aircraft, is headquartered in Clearwater, FL, with approximately 450 employees. The Company offers private travel solutions for individuals and businesses traveling within its service area, which includes the continental United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico, at a fraction of the cost of whole aircraft ownership. The Company currently manages a fleet of 55 aircraft, with another 53 Piaggio Avanti aircraft on order through 2013. For more information about Avantair, please visit: www.avantair.com .

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