The Air Force Aid Society wishes to recognize the generous and creative companies and individuals who have raised funds for us through all types of activities and events! From large sporting events and bike rides to marathons and golf tournaments, to birthday parties and weddings, the Society thanks all of you for choosing to raise funds to help Airmen and their families. Here are some examples of fundraising events that benefited AFAS.
Many thanks to Alenia Aermacchi and the Washington Nationsl for partnering to raise money for AFAS through the Alenia Aermacchi Saves program. for each save a Nationals' pitcher made, AFAS received $300, resulting in a donation of $15,000! The check presentation took place at the Nationals vs. Brewers game on Sep 23rd. Pictured are CMSgt Scott Fuller, AFDW Command Chief Master Sergeant; Dr. Mick McKeown, President AFAS Board of Trustees; Dr. Alan Caligari, President & CEO Alenia Aermacchi; Lt Gen (Ret) John Hopper, CEO AFAS; and Lt Gen Christopher Miller, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Programs, the Pentagon.
Baxley Snook's Eagle Scout Project Helps AFAS!
Baxley Snook of Birmingham, Alabama is in the process of completing his Eagle Scout Project. For his project, he sent 72 care packages to airmen based in Qatar through the Alabama Air National Guard, 117th Air Refueling Wing. His goal was to raise $3188.23 in order to purchase items such as snacks, games and personal hygiene items. Each package also contained at least one handwritten letter of encouragement. Through generous contributions and many donations from businesses, Baxley was able to raise an additional $629.65 over the cost of the project and donated that amount to AFAS to help AF men and women with emergency travel expenses.
Thanks for your support, Baxley, and congratulations on becoming an Eagle Scout!
Matt McKeon - Cycling for AFAS
On June 16-17, Matt McKeon rode in the National 24 Hour Challenge (N24HC) in Middleville, MI. Matt rode 312.7 miles and raised nearly $3,000 in donations for AFAS.Matt is a combat veteran of the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel after serving 24 years. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and a Michigan native.
Congratulations to Matt on a great ride and thanks for supporting AFAS!
A Special Birthday Girl
Some of you may recall that last year, we shared the story of 8 year old Lexi Hager-Many who chose to have her friends make donations to AFAS rather than give her birthday presents. We thought it was awesome that she would do this and that she made the donations in honor of her brother Airman Taylor Hager.
Lexi recently celebrated her 9th birthday and she did exactly the same thing – she asked her friends to make donations to AFAS instead of giving her birthday gifts. Lexi is one special girl and we know that her family is very proud of her. That goes double for all of us at AFAS!
"Aliena Saves" Raises Over $20,000!
Alenia North America and the Washington Capitals hockey team recently partnered to raise funds for the Air Force Aid Society through goaltender, Alenia donated $10 to AFAS. In the end, “Alenia Saves”the “Alenia Saves” Program. For every “save” made by a Capitals’ raised over $20,000 for AFAS!
AFAS Board President Dr. Mick McKeown and AFAS CEO Lt Gen (Ret) John Hopper were on hand to receive the check at the Caps game on Friday, 23 March.
THANK YOU to Alenia and the Caps for their great support! In addition, the Caps donated a jersey signed by the team to the Air Force Charity Ball Silent Auction. As you can imagine, there were lots of bids on the jersey!
Special thanks from AFAS to Major James Mullen and his 15 year old daughter Katie of Langley AFB for their donation to AFAS. Major James and Katie ran in the Philadelphia, PA Rock n Roll Half Marathon on 18 Sep 2011 and chose to raise funds for military and local charities through the race. AFAS was one of four charities they chose to benefit from their fundraising. Congratulations to both runners for completing the race and thanks again for choosing to help Airmen through their donation!
Pictured are Major Mullen, Katie and Langley AFB Air Force Aid Society Officer Reco Cotton who accepted the check on behalf of AFAS.