by Brooks Hill

BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Black Bears, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin, presented a check to the American Legion Post 401 and the Owego VFW at a press conference on February 1, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. on the main concourse of the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena.

Both checks in the amount of $5,462.50 were presented to representatives of American Legion Post 401 and the Owego VFW  by Lockheed Martin’s Vice President & General Manager, Hamid Salim, and Binghamton Black Bears owner, Andreas Johansson.

“Lockheed Martin has been supporting a Military and Veteran Appreciation night for over ten years. Giving back to our active military and veterans are a core value of Lockheed Martin, and we’re proud to partner with the Black Bears.” said Lockheed Martin Vice President & General Manager, Hamid Salim.

The Owego VFW is a non-profit charitable organization of United States war veterans, who, as military service members, fought in wars, campaigns, and expeditions on foreign land, waters, and/or airspace. 

The Black Bears organization was honored to partner with Lockheed Martin for Military Appreciation Weekend, said team owner Andreas Johansson. “We are proud to honor our servicemen and women while raising funds and awareness for two amazing local veteran organizations.” 

American Legion Post 401 is an Owego based legion that provides life changing assistance and guidance for veterans, military personnel, their families, and communities in thousands of ways everyday around the world. 

The Binghamton Black Bears celebrated Military Appreciation Weekend on November 11th and 12th. Night one of Military Appreciation Weekend the Black Bears drew a sellout crowd of 4,893 fans. Night two brought another 4,500 fans to support Black Bears hockey and to honor members of the United States Military, both veterans and active duty.

The Binghamton Black Bears are back at home Friday, February 3rd at 7pm for Mental Health Awareness Night presented by Lourdes ACEs Program. Saturday, February 4th, is Star Wars Night. The Black Bears will be wearing specialty Star Wars themed jerseys with a post-game auction. The auction proceeds will be benefiting the Southern Tier Hockey Association. Secure your seats by calling the Black Bears office or at https://www.binghamtonblackbears.com/tickets.

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