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Cale in Ocean City, MD Cale's Cub Mountain Biking in Schaeffer Farms, MD
Racing at Summit Point, WV

Clockwise from left: Assateague Island, Summer 2008; Cale’s J-3 Cub N1500N, Spring 2008;

Shaeffer Farms, MD, Summer 2008; Summit Point, WV, November 9, 2008

Our Wish, in honor of our friend

With the sudden loss of our good friend, Cale Kastanek, we have been joined in grief.  As the shock of our tragic loss subsides and we move on with our lives, we are challenged to find an appropriate memorial to honor Cale’s adventurous spirit and all-too-short life.

In considering such an appropriate memorial, we have reflected on the two great passions of Cale’s life – aviation and motor sports.  For all of those who knew Cale in his twin pursuits of motor racing and flying, his enthusiasm for both was boundless and contagious.  As such, any appropriate legacy to be established in Cale’s name similarly must reflect that zest for life.

After consultation with many of Cale’s friends in both the aviation and racing communities, and with the blessing and encouragement of Cale’s family, we have determined that an appropriate and everlasting memorial for Cale would best be addressed through the establishment of a perpetual endowed scholarship fund at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.  As you likely are aware, Cale was a 2002 graduate of Embry-Riddle and has remained active as an alumni of Embry-Riddle since his graduation.  Through the generosity of several of Cale’s friends already identified to us, we have ensured that the fund to be established in Cale’s name will be a substantial one acquiring elite status at Embry-Riddle as a Presidential Scholarship Fund.

We encourage you to join with us today in endowing the Cale Kastanek Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship Fund at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Your tax-deductible current donation and/or pledge with ongoing gifts to the Fund will help to ensure the aeronautical education of a deserving student at Embry-Riddle in perpetuity so that Cale’s memory may be honored and remembered by supporting future generations of young aviators.

If you are interested in making a contribution, please click here to review the Scholarship Donation and Pledge Form for the Cale Kastanek Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship Fund.  Please take a moment to review and complete this form and return the same to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with your generous donation in Cale’s honor and memory.

Cale’s passing has left all of us diminished and we will not soon recover from our loss.  Our challenge, however, is to ensure that out of this tragedy a positive end is realized.  Please join with us in allowing Cale’s memory best to be honored in the bright eyes and enthusiasm of pilots such as Cale in generations yet to come.