Flight attendants stand together to receive their reward.

Flight attendants honored for dedication to children

Four American Airlines flight attendants received UNICEF’s Champion of the Year award in recognition of their dedication and advocacy to children around the world.

Flight attendants and Champions John Charles Bush, Julie Mucciacciaro, Laura Schultz and Gay Zara were nominated by peers and recognized by UNICEF for their hard work in collecting donations for kids in need as part of UNICEF’s Change for Good program.

“[Julie Mucciacciaro’s] dedication is amazing, and she truly sees that our efforts can, and do, make a difference,” a colleague said in her nomination.

The flight attendants joined Hector Adler, vice president of Inflight Services, to accept the first Children First award on behalf of American Airlines at this year’s Dallas UNICEF Children First Gala. The award was to honor the airline for its 20-year partnership with UNICEF. For two decades now, American has partnered with UNICEF for their Change for Good program, raising $10 million for kids in need.

UNICEF’s U.S. Fund Change for Good program provides travelers with the opportunity to donate foreign and domestic currency on select international flights and in select Admirals Club lounges. Volunteers, or Champions, make announcements, collect and deposit those donations to UNICEF.

There are more than 3,000 Change for Good employee volunteers – mostly flight attendants – enrolled in the program.

Contributions from the Change for Good program are used to help UNICEF’s global program to help save and improve children’s lives around the world.


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