USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) voted to send senior leadership to the scullery for duty as part of the Food Service Attendants (FSA) for a Day fundraiser Nov. 25.
The Thanksgiving fundraiser sponsored by Truman's Junior Enlisted Association (JEA) raised $4,229.
The senior leaders receiving the most votes were Lt. Cmdr. Stephan Mann and Chief Intelligence Specialist (SW/AW) Leah Ansumana, from Truman's Intel Department, Chief Yeoman Michelle Reposa (SW), from Strike Fighter Squadron 105, and Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) (AW) Matthew Purham, from Air Department.
"The four 'winners' of the competition really impressed the crew," said JEA member Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Anthony Miller, who coordinated the event. "I've gotten a lot of positive feedback of how hard they worked in the sculleries, as well as the motivation and positive attitudes they represented. They really boosted the crew's morale."
The officers and chiefs who volunteered for the fundraiser had their own reasons for wanting to be involved in the project.
"We were able to help out the crew a little bit in appreciation for all their hard work," said Mann, who helped operate the dishwasher. "I was amazed at how many of the troops said 'thank you'. They really were appreciative of us working down there and it felt like we were the ones who should have been thanking them for all the work that they do."
Thirty-five percent of the money raised will go to the Truman Family Readiness Group to help pay for the homecoming party. Another 35 percent will go to the Combined Federal Campaign with the remaining 30 percent going to the JEA treasury for future events and prizes.
"The money we raised completely blew past my expectations," said Miller. "Everybody who voted thought it was such an outstanding program and were very appreciative to be able to send their favorite chief or officer into the scullery. The results were more than amazing and I'm glad I was able to help spread morale around the ship."
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