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NMCRS Pearl Harbor Recognizes Hawaii-based Commands

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Pearl Harbor Chapter held an awards ceremony to recognize Hawaii-based commands for their efforts during the 2010 NMCRS Fund Drive at the Hickam Memorial Theater on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam June 22.

A total of four area coordinators and 31 commands were presented with awards by Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.

Smith, who served as an honorary chairman for this year's fund drive, offered remarks to Sailors in attendance.

"This was a superb year for the NMCRS Pearl Harbor fund drive," Smith said. "I want to thank you all for the tremendous job that you've already done and for the job that you continue to do."

A total of 71 commands participated in the fund drive with 31 commands surpassing last year's total to help raise $493,106.

"This year's drive raised more money than ever before, and we reached well past our goal," said Paul Belanger, director of NMCRS Pearl Harbor. "I just want to thank everyone who was involved for helping us exceed our expectations."

Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Nicholas Messina, assigned to Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, said that this year's fund drive was a team effort for raising money at his command.

"All the personnel at my command did a great job in pulling together to hold fundraisers and getting the word out about the fund drive to help raise more than $4000," Messina said. "It is important that we support NMCRS because they are the one's who help out the Sailors and Marines in need, and ultimately that helps support mission readiness."

The highest contributions awards were presented to the guided missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59), the attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722), Navy Exchange Pearl Harbor and Naval Information Operations Command Hawaii.

The mission of the NMCRS is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational and other assistance to members of the naval services of the United States, eligible family members and survivors when in need and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs.

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