SafeLaunch Invites Youth to Paint an Airplane at the Hollister Airshow

SafeLaunch is bringing a “Flight Above Addiction” to the Hollister Airport on June 20 & 21 and everyone is invited!

A public event for artistic youth and aviation enthusiasts

Hollister Airshow

This will be the tenth SafeLaunch “Flight Above Addiction” event in California, where preteens and teens are invited to paint their dreams for a healthy future, a future free from the disease of addiction, onto retired Navy Commander Ron Cuff’s Cessna Skylane, N521DJ.

The Cessna is a focal point for the primary addiction prevention organization SafeLaunch, co-founded by Ron Cuff and Janet Rowse. SafeLaunch utilizes the creativity of youth to raise awareness about the threat of addiction to young brains. “A 14 year old’s brain, if exposed to any addictive substance, is up to six times more susceptible to this incurable disease than is an adult’s, according to recent research from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University,” Cuff says.

Every young person who paints the plane will receive a “pre-flight” card signed by Cdr. Cuff. The card will serve as a pledge and a plan– a pledge to avoid experimentation with drugs and alcohol until the brain is fully developed, and a plan for a healthy life and a rewarding career.

“We invite youth to focus on the beauty of life and the many ways that they can achieve a “natural” high. SafeLaunch encourages everyone to learn the facts about addiction, and to do everything possible to stop it where it starts 90% of the time… with adolescent exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs,” stated Co-Founder Janet Rowse.

The public and press are invited to see the art come to life during the Hollister Airshow. For information about SafeLaunch or to sponsor an air show event, email