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Arnstein & Lehr, Sears and pilot Robert A. McKenzie team to provide supplies to Joplin residents affected by devastating tornado

Robert A. McKenzie

Chicago Associate Robert A. McKenzie spearheaded an effort by Arnstein & Lehr on Friday to fly much needed supplies to residents of Joplin, Missouri affected by the May 22 twister that devastated more than 30% of the city.  On Saturday Mr. McKenzie  delivered a planeload of supplies purchased by both the firm and our client Sears through Sears’ mygofer.com online store. Several hundred pounds of medical supplies were also donated by United Medical Products, which he located by coordinating with AERObridge, a not-for-profit relief organization.  Mr. McKenzie took off from the Chicago Executive Airport near his home in Wheeling and flew to the Joplin Regional Airport.  Supplies delivered by Robert in his Cessna 182 included exam gloves, toiletries, paper goods and Arnstein & Lehr water – about 315 lbs. Weather delayed two other planes filled with additional supplies  – one was able to depart on Monday, while the other plans to depart later this week . The Joplin tornado was the worst to hit the United States in decades, leaving more than 120 dead and hundreds more injured.  At least 40 people remain unaccounted for.  His efforts were featured and he was interviewed on the National Business Aviation Association’s Flight Plan a regular podcast featuring business aviation news and information. Each issue provides an overview of important developments affecting NBAA Members and the Association’s work to advocate for their interests.

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