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RI air show helps raise money for local non-profits

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WHDH) - The Rhode Island National Air Guard Show returned after federal budget cuts forced the show to be canceled last year.

The high-flying acts are just part of the overall experience. More than 50,000 people came out for the event and visitors could visit a food or beverage tent to support local non-profits like the Rhode Island military order of foreign wars.

"Our money goes to a fund for scholarships to help kids who are naval cadets, Junior ROTC Army, Air Force," said Bert Guarnieri.

Some local boy scout troops were working hard at various vendor booths throughout the air show to raise money for their organizations.

Members of the North Providence Aftershock, a travel softball team for girls 16 years old and under, were also at the air show raising money for things like tournament costs and repairs to their home field.

For many of the members, it was their first time at the show.

"The team bonding that comes out of it, with the parents, with the girls, it's an amazing experience overall and the benefit for the girls is just gravy," said Bonnie Bisignano.

It's part of the air show's tradition: raising money for good causes while having a good time.
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