Alvaro Marquez United Way Ribbon of Hope

From the left, Ribbon of Hope executive director Loretta Salchert receives a $5,000 United Way grant from The Arena owner Alvaro Marquez and United Way president and CEO Bill Rieth.

ELKHART — More than 300 people say Alvaro Marquez is a superhero.

Marquez, whose event space The Arena has largely been shut down for months because of the coronavirus pandemic, used his Middlebury Street facility for food drives, where donors can give away what they have and people in a tough situation can find what they need.

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