ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY LAUNCHES SERVE-A-SOLDIER PROGRAM AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PITTSBURGH, PA (February 8, 2011) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority is launching a unique program to benefit members of the military who are traveling at Pittsburgh International Airport.
The Serve-A-Soldier program at the Military and Family Comfort Center at Pittsburgh International Airport will present the first AIRMALL gift certificates to active members of the U.S. Military on February 9, 2011. The purpose of the program is to offer AIRMALL gift cards to soldiers who visit the Military and Family Comfort Center on Concourse A when they are departing for flights. The soldiers can use them to buy a meal at the Pittsburgh International Airport AIRMALL before they leave on a tour of duty. The certificates are funded by donations made by organizations and individuals.
“It is with great pride that we are able to launch this program thanks to the many donations from around the region and across the country,” said Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director and CEO of the ACAA. “This is a simple, but an important, gesture that makes a difference in a service member’s day.”
Clinton Aurin, a Volunteer Ambassador at Pittsburgh International Airport and student at Hopewell Area High School, created the program for his Senior Project for the 2010-11 school year. By seeking donations from the public and private sectors, Clinton hopes to raise enough money to provide active members of the military a $10 gift certificate to be used at AIRMALL restaurants.
“I wanted to do something that made a direct impact and showed support for our troops,” said Clinton, who is also an Eagle Scout. “Serve-A-Soldier will be a great way to show our appreciation for those defending our freedom. The Military and Family Comfort Center is now able to provide a free meal in addition to the light snacks, coffee, and water already served.”
The Military and Family Comfort Center at Pittsburgh International Airport opened next to Gate A4 in November of 2008. It is operated by the Pittsburgh International Airport Volunteer Ambassadors and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. The room offers a respite to active and retired members of all branches of the United States Military and their families.
So far a total of $4,200 has been raised through donations from the public to support Serve-A-Soldier. Additionally, AIRMALL, USA, which operates the concession program at Pittsburgh International Airport, has donated $1,000 worth of AIRMALL gift certificates to the cause.
“All of us are thrilled with the donations raised so far,” said Jeff Martinelli, Allegheny County Airport Authority, Public Affairs Manager, who manages the Ambassador program. “This is an outstanding project that makes a visit to our Military and Family Comfort Center an even greater service for our military.” About 100 active members of the military visit the Center every month.
Donations to Serve-A-Soldier can be made in the form of a check or money order, payable to the Allegheny County Airport Authority. “Serve–A-Soldier” must be written in the check’s memo area. Donations should be sent to: Allegheny County Airport Authority; ATTN: “Serve-A-Soldier;” PO Box 12370; Pittsburgh, PA 15231.