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Lake Grove, NY

Remembering David Wolmetz

We are saddened to share the news that David Wolmetz, our co-founder, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2023. 

Dave loved Urban Air Lake Grove with all his heart. He reveled in hearing the laughter of the children who visited and seeing the joy on the faces of parents, grandparents and families as they watched their children play. 

He supported the Urban Air Lake Grove team and staff in every way, becoming involved in their personal development and growth. His words of encouragement and expectation of exceptional service to Urban Air Lake Grove customers was a cornerstone of his identity. 

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Dave Wolmetz, left, co-founded Urban Air Lake Grove with his lifelong friend, Keith Handler in 2019. (credit: LIBN)

He was passionate about service, helping people and organizations doing good work in the community.  Along with his co-founder and lifelong friend, Keith Handler, they pledged $100,000 to Cancer research at Stony Brook Medicine. You can read more about that and Dave's cancer journey below. 

He was a beloved husband to Carrie, father to Emily and Jacob, and son to Roz and Mike. Please take a moment to keep Dave, his family, and the Urban Air Lake Grove community in your thoughts. 

If you wish to pay tribute to Dave, we request you support the Stony Brook Car-T Cancer Therapy Program with a donation, which you can make here.

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We Love Lake Grove, NY

Giving Back To Our Community

At Urban Air Lake Grove, there’s nothing more important that our customers and our community. We are all about empowering kids to try new things, explore through adventurous place, and learn how to work with others to achieve new heights.

We've committed to support the CAR T Research program at Stony Brook Medicine, which supports scientists working on developing personalized cell therapy to treat blood cancers, such as leukemia. In 2020, we announced a pledge of $100,000 to the center.

Founder Dave Wolmetz (pictured, blue shirt and hat) was diagnosed with Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) in 2018 and underwent total body radiation and chemotherapy treatment at the Stony Brook University Cancer Center.

“I’m inspired by the groundbreaking research at the Stony Brook University Cancer Center,” said Wolmetz. “I’m grateful for the stem cell transplant and excellent care I have received at the facility. The Cancer Center is a well-established resource and essential to the community to focus on important cancer problems.”


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