AFAF wraps up fundraising campaign

by Staff Sgt. Amanda Savannah
Public Affairs

4/28/2006 - Vance Air Force Base, Okla. -- Vance Air Force Base closed its six-week long drive to raise Air Force Assistance Fund contributions Saturday.
"The 2006 Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign was an incredible success," said 1st Lt. Mike McCoy, 25th Flying Training Squadron, and wing AFAF project officer.
"Great thanks and appreciation goes to all of those who cheerfully contributed this year," Lieutenant McCoy said. "Your generous donations will go a long way in helping our Air Force family members in need."
Team Vance raised more than $26,500 this year for the Air Force Aid Society, LeMay Foundation, Air Force Village and Air Force Enlisted Village, which was 138 percent of the wing's goal. Even more impressive is that fact that Team Vance raised more than 179 percent of last year's total contribution of approximately $14,800.
Though the campaign runs through May for many installations across the Air Force, we do know the Air Force as a whole is well on its way to achieving its 2006 goal of $5.4 million thanks to the generous, giving nature of Team Vance members, Lieutenant McCoy said.
"Great thanks and recognition also goes to the Air Force Assistance Fund staff for working tirelessly to ensure every member of Team Vance was given the opportunity to donate, making it possible to exceed our goal by such a large margin," he said. "They all put in many hours of their time, and it paid off tremendously. Congratulations Team Vance for a job well done."
Vance AFAF staff members included Capt. Brian Boettger, 1st Lt. Tim Brathwaite, Capt. Heather Cashman, Capt. Michelle Crawford, Staff Sgt. Gary DeDominick, Staff Sgt. Tina Grewell, 2nd Lt. Weldon Hobbs, 2nd Lt. Matthew Jones, Staff Sgt. Susan Moore, 2nd Lt. Omar Moreno, Senior Amn. Amanda Quilantan, Master Sgt. Steve Reddecliff, 1st Lt. Tim Riley, 2nd Lt. Kevin Schaefer, Staff Sgt John Setar, Tech. Sgt. Traci Stewart and Senior Amn. Rebecca Wardell.
AFAF raises money annually for the four charitable organizations, which benefit active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired Air Force people and their families, including surviving spouses and their families.