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Challenge Alaska, Anchorage Museum, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Food Bank Alaska and others. “How many fundraisers have you been to that there weren’t two tickets on Alaska Airlines up for a drawing? Or cargo shipping discounts?” Romano asked. Leo Bustad, an Anchorage cardiologist, has served on the Southcentral Alaska advisory board for about five years. The board he serves on distributes smaller amounts of money— mostly around $500, he said—in

“I know they’re committed to Alaska as a corporate entity. Many of the things they do in the long run make sense because, if Alaska does well, they do well.” — Leo Bustad response to requests from organizations such as food banks, Girl Scouts or Little League. “I think it demonstrates their generosity, he said. “I know they’re committed to Alaska as a corporate entity. Many of the things they do in the long run make sense because, if Alaska does well, they do well.” The airline also donates money through its Alaska Airlines Foundation. Each year, a small number of cash grants between $5,000 and $15,000 are given to charitable organizations in Alaska and Washington state. Those grants focus on educational efforts that address a unique need or value to a community. The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, Sitka Summer Music Festival and the Yuut Yaqungviat Flight School in Bethel have all received Foundation grants. “I think (Alaska Airlines) appreciates the level of community support and ‘ownership’ of the airline, and they do everything they can to promote that feeling,” Bustad said.

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