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February 03, 2021
On Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board President Abraham Marcus will present a $5,600 check to Lani Vivirito, Chief Policy & Resource Officer at the Center for the Homeless. The presentation will take place in the atrium at South Bend International Airport to provide for social distancing.

The funds raised from South Bend International Airport’s ninth annual Bears in the Air program will benefit local veterans residing at the Robert L. Miller Sr., Veteran’s Center on the campus of the Center for the Homeless.

“The need for us to continue the Bears in the Air program was crucial given the challenges brought about by the pandemic,” said Mike Daigle, South Bend International Airport’s CEO & Executive Director. “Because of the community’s generosity, we are pleased to be able to provide $5,600 in assistance to the veterans at the Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veteran’s Center. It’s been nine years since the Center opened and in those nine years our Bears in the Air program has provided $61,600 in support to our local veterans.”

The ninth annual Bears in the Air program was conducted virtually due to the pandemic. Donations were collected beginning in November with a virtual celebration on December 4, 2020. This donation is in addition to the more than 1400 newly purchased teddy bears that were delivered to children in area hospitals in December.

About South Bend International Airport
South Bend International Airport’s four air carriers provide nonstop flights to thirteen cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York City/Newark, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg with connections world-wide. South Bend International’s multi-modal terminal serves over one million air and rail passengers each year. According to the 2012 Economic Impact Report from the state aviation association, Aviation Indiana, South Bend International’s total annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities was more than $1.7 billion.

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