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NEWS | May 1, 2008

AFAF campaign ends big at Lackland

By Lilly Flores-Janecek 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office

Team Lackland demonstrated its Wingman philosophy by raising $318,030 or 142 percent of its Air Force Assistance Fund goal. The "Commitment to Caring" campaign on Lackland began March 11 and ended April 21.

"To no surprise, the men and women of Team Lackland showed their support and 'commitment to caring,'" said Capt. Tony Colella, AFAF installation project officer. "The thousands of contributions by the Team Lackland community will continue to provide help where help is needed by means of the AFAF."

The AFAF campaign provides Airmen and civilians working on military installations the opportunity to contribute to any of the four official Air Force charitable organizations.

These include Air Force Village Foundation, the Air Force Aid Society, the General and Mrs. Curtis LeMay Foundation and the Air Force Enlisted Village.

The Air Force Village Foundation, Air Force Enlisted Village and the General and Mrs. Curtis LeMay Foundation provide housing and financial assistance for retired Air Force widows who have no other means of support.

Contributions to these foundations helped construct and continue to support Air Force Village I near Lackland, Air Force Village II off Highway 90 as well as Freedom House and the Alzheimer's Care and Research Center.

The Air Force Aid Society provides emergency assistance to Airmen in the form of grants and loans and sponsors education assistance programs.

All of the money raised in the AFAF campaign goes to the foundations and will benefit active-duty, Reserve, Guard, retired Air Force members and surviving spouses and families.

"From day one I had no doubt we would surpass our goal and then some," said Captain Colella. "On behalf of Brig. Gen. (Len) Patrick, thanks to everyone for making the campaign an incredible success." Contributions to the AFAF are tax deductible. For more information, visit the Air Force Assistance Fund's Web site at