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SURFPAC Sets Record for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Fundraiser

By Lt. Alec Zirkenbach, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs

San Diego – In a bear market and times of financial uncertainty, commands from Naval Surface Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) managed to raise a record $593,000 on behalf of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS).

The annual NMCRS Active-Duty Fund Drive is a two-month campaign which raises funds for, and awareness of, NMCRS programs that support Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their families through interest-free loans, grants and numerous other non-financial assistance programs.

“The generosity and compassion demonstrated by our Sailors in SURFPAC commands resulted in a record breaking fund drive—a $100,000 increase over last year,” said retired Navy Captain Barry White, Director, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, San Diego Office. “In this difficult economic period, most non-profit organizations are experiencing a significant drop in donated funds, even as the need for support services continues to increase. The swell in donated funds from the 2010 NMCRS Active Duty Fund Drive runs counter to this trend and is a testament to SURFPAC Sailors ‘taking care of their own’.”

SURFPAC ship and shore commands exceeded all 2010 fund drive goals by raising the highest total donations since 2003. The number of SURFPAC service members contributing rose by 14% from last year and the total funds donated increased by 16%.

“Every dollar we raised will go back to assist a Sailor or Marine and their families—many of them in the San Diego area,” said Force Master Diver, Senior Chief David Glidewell, this year’s Assistant Active-Duty Fund Drive Chairman. “It made me very proud to see our Sailors’ selflessness throughout this fund drive.”

Founded in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private, non-profit, volunteer-based charitable organization sponsored by the Department of the Navy. Staffed by more than 3,600 trained volunteers and a small staff of paid employees, NMCRS operates nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases around the world. NMCRS assists active duty and retired personnel primarily through need-based interest-free loans and grants, but also offers visiting nurse services, budget counseling services, thrift shops, and administers food lockers.

For more information about the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, visit www.NMCRS.org or visit your local NMCRS office located at most fleet concentration areas.

For more news from Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific Fleet, visit www.surfaceforces.surfor.navy.mil or follow the Surface Force at www.facebook.com/surfacewarriors.
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