PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Nearly 130 service members and other individuals participated in the 13th iteration of a highly successful Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Active Duty Fund Drive event March 22 aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla.
The NMCRS Charity Golf Tournament, a sold-out event at the A.C. Read Golf Course aboard NAS Pensacola and sponsored by Pen Air Federal Credit Union, included a four-person scramble, lunch and awards reception.
Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) Commanding Officer Capt. James Norton, NAS Pensacola NMCRS Director Mark Harden and Pen Air Federal Credit Union President and Chief Executive Officer Stewart Ramsey attended the golf tournament. Each year one of the larger NAS Pensacola commands coordinates the Pensacola-area NMCRS Active Duty Fund Drive, with NMOTC leading this year's campaign.
Norton said the value of events such as the Pen Air-sponsored NMCRS Charity Golf Tournament could not be understated, adding that the purpose the annual event serves is twofold.
"Pen Air has been a part of the Pensacola-area Navy community for years," he said. "Their sponsorship of this and other events has brought them into the Navy family, and provided assistance to thousands of Sailors through their generous contributions over the years."
Harden echoed Norton's sentiments, congratulating the Pen Air institution for their willingness to continue what has become a mainstay at NAS Pensacola.
"The Pen Air commitment to Navy and Marine Corps personnel is strong and we appreciate their continued efforts," he said. "Putting together a large tournament like this one isn't easy but the Pen Air team has it down to a science. Bravo Zulu for a job well done!"
During the April 5 tournament, Pen Air FCU presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. In the 13 years since this tournament began, the credit union has donated more than $300,000 in support of the society's efforts to provide financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members and survivors in need.
"We got our start in this community by serving military families, and we are proud to continue the tradition by hosting this tournament," Ramsey said. "The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is dedicated to helping our servicemen and women achieve financial self-sufficiency, and our credit union is likewise committed to the financial stability of our member-owners."
Pen Air awarded ten team prizes during the tournament, in addition to providing more than 30 door prizes from community partners during the event.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is designed to provide financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members and survivors when in need. Founded in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private, non-profit charitable organization, sponsored by the Department of the Navy and operating nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases throughout the world.
Individual commands aboard NAS Pensacola - as well as those at Whiting Field and Corry Station -each have a designated NMCRS 2013 Active Duty Fund Drive Representative. Posters detailing these representatives' contact information are in commands throughout the bases, and individuals interested in volunteering or donating to this effort are encouraged to contact their command representatives.
NMOTC, the recognized global leader in operational medical and aviation survival training, reports to Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC), which manages Navy Medicine's formal enlisted and officer education and training programs, medical operational training for medical and medical support personnel deploying worldwide, and training that prepares aviators and flight crews to survive in land and water mishaps.
NMOTC and NMETC are all part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of Navy medical professionals around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than 1 million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.
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