Meigs Supporters Hold Fundraiser

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Meigs Field supporters went on the offensive last Sunday. About 150 attendees were on hand for a fundraising dinner sponsored by the Friends of Meigs Field (FOM). The goal of the Chicago event was to rally support for the fight against the closure of Meigs and gather donations to benefit the FOM's legal defense fund. An anonymous $50,000 donation will be used to provide a dollar-for-dollar match to defense-fund contributions through May 16. A couple of organizations were on hand to offer their support and resources for the upcoming battle against Mayor Richard Daley. [more]The evening's special guest speaker was Jim Coyne, president of the National Air Transportation Association. Coyne noted that Sunday was the 260th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth, a man he said "cherished open public debate to result in the best outcome for the people." EAA Executive Vice President Bob Warner was also on hand to represent the association and present an EAA contribution to the fund. "EAA members and Chapters have loyally supported Meigs Field over the years," Warner said. "Meigs is one of our most active Young Eagles sites and provides an exemplary educational opportunity for the community. As a national organization, EAA needs to help prevent the stealing of our national transportation system's vital infrastructure by local politicians."

NOTE:Note: Don't forget to sign the online petition against the closing of Meigs.