The Secretary of the Navy’s active duty fund drive in support of The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Guam achieves fundraising record

The Secretary of the Navy’s active duty fund drive in support of The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Guam achieves fundraising record

by Karen Fahland, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Guam
Stripes Guam

SANTA RITA, GUAM—The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s (NMCRS) annual active duty fund drive (ADFD) provides an opportunity to raise funds for the direct benefit of our shipmates and fellow Marines. The society receives no government funding and depends on the support of active duty and retired Sailors and Marines to help those in need at home and around the globe.

The Fund Drive kicked off on February 29, 2016 with a cake cutting ceremony at the Exchange food court and included various fundraising events over the course of two months, which included car washes hosted by the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, EODMU5, and HSC-25, a spaghetti lunch hosted by HSC-25, chili dog fundraiser hosted by NBG, grocery bagging hosted by the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, NEX coupon sales and a successful 5k race.

With the support of LTJG Gregory Kemper (ADFD Chair) and HM1 Alfred Canoy (ADFD Treasurer), the 2016 ADFD far exceeded its $153,000 goal with contributions totaling $168,171, a historical record for the Guam office.

“After months of planning and hard work, we are delighted to announce everyone’s commitment to the society’s annual fund drive paid off,” said NMCRS Guam Director, Karen Fahland. “This year the Guam office was able to achieve a 21% increase in total donations from the previous year. I want to send my deepest appreciation to all those that contributed both their time and money to making this year’s fund drive the most successful in our society’s history here in Guam.”

The society will continue to accept donations throughout the year. There are several ways to give – allotment, credit card or cash. Visit to learn more and donate today.

About The Active Duty Fund Drive and The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Each year the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society provides over $46 million in financial assistance to over 60,000 Sailors, Marines and their families. Whether assistance is needed for basic living expenses, car expenses, travel for family emergencies or other financial hardships, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is there to help. Assistance is provided through interest free loans or grants, as well as, personal money management counseling and budget classes. Our role is essential to military mission readiness. When deployed, Sailors and Marines can focus on the mission at hand without worrying about their families well being. The society’s success depends on your support through monthly payroll allotments, recurring monthly payments and cash donations. We appreciate your participation in this year’s active duty fund drive. Help us help you.

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