TULSA — Blue Sky Bank will be the primary sponsor of the inaugural “Flight from the Blue Sky of the North Pole” event in conjunction with The Salvation Army and the Tulsa Air National Guard.

Scheduled to take place Thursday at the Air National Guard base in Tulsa, 9000-9012 E 46th St N, Tulsa, the event will host approximately 70 children from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, a program that provides gifts to thousands of children who might otherwise not receive anything for Christmas. Santa Claus will arrive in style in an F-16 fighter jet to spend time with the children in a specially decorated North Pole workshop at the base. There, each child will get to talk with Santa and will receive a new bicycle, toys, and treats.

Guardsmen and Blue Sky Bank employees will serve as Santa’s helpers to entertain the children and distribute gifts. Blue Sky Bank has committed to the role of primary sponsor for “Flight from the Blue Sky of the North Pole” for 2017 as well.

“We are thrilled to be part of this new and exciting event that will bring a little Christmas joy to some very deserving children in our community,” says Gentner Drummond, principal owner of Blue Sky Bank and former fighter pilot. “I know it’s going to be a special treat for the children and their families; but speaking on behalf of everyone at Blue Sky, we feel very blessed to be able to join with the Salvation Army and the men and women of the Air National Guard to help make this event happen.”

“This will be a very special evening for these children and their parents,” said Capt. Ken Chapman, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Metro Tulsa. “We are blessed to have community partners like Blue Sky Bank and the Tulsa Air National Guard.”

Blue Sky Bank, originally chartered in Osage County, Oklahoma, in 1905 as the Bank of Commerce in Pawhuska, has served Oklahoma communities for more than 110 years. As it has grown and evolved to meet the needs of its client base, Blue Sky Bank, most recently known as Citizens Bank, has always remained 100 percent Oklahoma owned.