Air show benefits 10 local organizations with grant money

Posted Nov. 21, 2011, at 11:38 a.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Some of the revenues from this summer’s Great State of Maine Air Show have benefited local nonprofit organizations.

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, which is responsible for the redevelopment of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, gave $25,000 to the Midcoast Charitable Foundation. The foundation distributed the money to 10 local organizations.

The MRRA organized the air show for the first time this year following the end of the Navy’s withdrawal from Brunswick Naval Air Station earlier this year. Though the air show was cut short by a day because of Tropical Storm Irene in late August, a healthy spectator turnout and insurance against the weather helped it turn a profit.

The grants to local organizations were announced last week at the MRRA’s annual meeting. The recipient organizations were the United States Sea Cadets, Brunswick Coastal Rotary, the Coastal Humane Society, the MSAD 75 Education Fund: Trust for our Future, Midcoast Hunger Prevention, the NAMI Maine Wounded Heroes Rehabilitation Program, the Brunswick Junior High School Wellness Program, Tedford Housing, Veterans/No Boundaries and the Harpswell Community Bandstand Organization.

“We are pleased to support these important community organizations with some of the air show proceeds,” said Steve Levesque, the MRRA’s executive director, in a press release. “Continuing this tradition will be a mainstay of future air shows.”

The MRRA is the master developer at what is now known as Brunswick Landing: Maine’s Center for Innovation, the Topsham Commerce Park and the Brunswick Executive Airport. Most of the former Navy base is located at Brunswick’s Cook’s Corner, just off Route 1.

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