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IADA, Mente/Four Corners Pledge Ukrainian Refugee Aid

 - May 17, 2022, 11:50 AM

The International Aircraft Dealer Association's (IADA) philanthropic foundation is working with Mente Group and Four Corners Aviation on a fundraising effort to support a small orphanage that is housing Ukrainian refugees. Mente and Four Corners CEO Brian Proctor pledged a $10,000 donation and the IADA foundation has agreed to match that. The fundraising effort has now raised more than $100,000 in support of the orphanage.

“Like most of my colleagues in the aviation industry, I’ve wanted to find a way to provide meaningful support to those most affected by the war in Ukraine,” said Proctor, who explained that several years ago he had met the couple who had opened the orphanage after learning of an acute need for care for orphans in Romania.

That orphanage, Livada Orphan Care, now is not only serving its intended purpose but also housing more than 100 Ukrainian refugees—a number that’s growing, said Proctor. “This is putting a strain on the organization and its resources. We are honored to provide support and I am very grateful to the IADA Foundation for agreeing to match that gift. I’m also heartened by the generosity of other IADA members and their desire to support this worthwhile effort.”

The orphanage reported that all of its open facilities are in use to house orphans and displaced families. IADA said the donations are dedicated toward efforts to feed, shelter, and assist the refugees.

“The IADA Foundation and board of directors salute Brian’s leadership in extending humanitarian aid to those beleaguered by the war in Ukraine,” said IADA executive director Wayne Starling. “We are proud to follow his example in words and actions to help unfortunate refugees, whose lives are impacted by the horrors of war.”