Lincoln Sailors Offer Donations for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Story Number: NNS120221-16Release Date: 2/21/2012 12:52:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin T. Liston, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) supported the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) by participating in NMCRS Day, Feb. 19.

In addition to a series of recent fundraising raffles, events included a slam dunk contest and three-point shootout in the hangar bay, and a 5K fun run and golf driving range on the flight deck.

Ten Sailors donated $5 each to compete in the slam dunk contest, and 60 Sailors paid the same amount to participate in the three-point shootout. While the fun run was free of charge, golfers paid one dollar for every five golf balls they drove off the flight deck.

Personnel Specialist 1st Class Kathryn Benjamin, the NMCRS assistant fundraising coordinator aboard Lincoln, said that the crew is off to a strong start donating money to the cause and meeting the ship's fundraising target of $140,000.

"We've raised more than $28,000 so far," she said. "It's really great to see the crew come together to support a good cause. And having these events really boosted the morale of the ship. We all came together and had a good time. It was also a great feeling to help out our shipmates all over the world."

The NMCRS, a non-profit charitable organization sponsored by the Department of the Navy, is solely funded by charitable contributions like the annual fund drive conducted by shore and sea-based commands throughout the Navy and Marine Corps. Contributions are returned to service members in the form of emergency relief or other services. The NMCRS has helped active duty and retired Sailors and Marines and their families for more than 100 years.

"The NMCRS is a great program because it is Sailors taking care of their fellow Sailors through donations and charitable drives," said Chief Religious Programs Specialist Elliot Warley, Lincoln's NMCRS emergency relief coordinator. "It's a program that helps Sailors out when they encounter a family emergency or crisis."

Lincoln is deployed with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG), which includes with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), embarked Carrier Air Wing 2 and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Sterett (DDG 104).

ALCSG is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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