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Schriever blasts through AFAF goal

By Jennifer Thibault

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

As Team Schriever closes the coffers on its 2010 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign, the most recent tallies show the base at more than 170 percent of its targeted donations goal.

To call the campaign a success would be an understatement. From the outset the campaign had blasted through its targets. By the end of the first week, two unit key workers had not only met their contact goals but had already surpassed their units’ donation goals.

Tech. Sgt. Clifford Wagner, 50th Security Forces Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Tammy Tucker, 50th Operations Support Squadron, continued their full-steam-ahead approach and raised $5,625 and $3,020 in their respective units, or 186 percent and 158 percent respectively.

Sergeants Wagner and Tucker were not alone. By the third week, unit key workers across the installation had obtained 100 percent contact.

And the successes continued. Three other organizations raised more than 300 percent of their unit’s target donation goal: 50th Operations Group staff, 50th Network Operations Group staff and the 50th Logistics Readiness Flight.

“The AFAF unit project officers and key workers were amazing! Each worked extremely hard to try to raise as much money as possible to help our fellow Airmen,” said installation co-chair Capt. Michael Cook, 50th Operations Group.

Maj. Shuan Pringle, 310th Space Wing key worker, raised $4,524 by the fourth week which is a record for the base’s Air Force Reserve unit.

As of publication time, Schriever has tallied $62,196 in donations, which is 176 percent of its $35,283 goal. With these numbers, the base’s goal and participation percentage are the highest in Space Command.

Together Captain Cook and 2nd Lt. Lance Austin, 50th Space Communications Squadron, led the installation’s effort that started March 28.

“It was truly a pleasure to be a part of this campaign. I’ve seen the positive effects of the AFAF first hand as I’ve had numerous Airmen who have benefited during tough times,” said Lieutenant Austin. “It’s incredibly heart-warming to see how much our Airmen care for each other and how easily they give, even during such a tumultuous economic time as this.”

The campaign closed May 6, however last-minute donations are still being accepted.

The closing of this campaign officially opens the door to private organizations such as unit booster clubs to resume their fundraising events. All such fundraising is halted during both the AFAF campaign and the Combined Federal Campaign that ran earlier this year.

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