By Mr. Samuel Vaughn (AMC)June 17, 2009
Members of Team Redstone gathered June 8 at Heiser Hall to celebrate a victory.
This was the closing ceremony for the 2009 Army Emergency Relief campaign. The annual fund-raising drive met its goal with $210,000 in donations.
"We raised enough money to meet our Redstone AER goal, all in the name of Soldiers helping Soldiers," AER campaign chairman Maj. Pam Tingle said.
Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli presented certificates to organizations throughout the community which raised money through events and individual contributions. He thanked everyone who gave to Army Emergency Relief.
"It does help," Pastorelli said. "It's all about helping Soldiers and their families and retirees."
AER helps active duty and retired Soldiers and their family members with financial emergencies. The fund provides loans or grants and also gives scholarships.
In 2008, more than 500 people locally received a total of $509,000 in loans and grants. This included active duty and retired military, widows or deceased veterans and their family members.
Sgt. Justin Bollay served as campaign co-chairman. Mike Burden is the AER officer at Army Community Service.