Vicksburg Completes NMCRS Fundraising Drive

Story Number: NNS120409-16Release Date: 4/9/2012 9:42:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nick C. Scott, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS VICKSBURG, At Sea (NNS) -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) completed its annual Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) fundraiser, April 6.

The fundraising took place throughout the month of March and the first week of April, raising a total of $37,647.

The NMCRS is an organization that awards no-interest loans and, in some cases, grants to Sailors and Marines in financial distress. The organization also provides a variety of other services designed to help active, retired and reserve Sailors and Marines through difficult times.

"I am proud of the crew," said Chief Engineman (SW) Jeremy W. Mayfield, NMCRS coordinator for Vicksburg. "We had 100-percent contact through our divisional representatives and we made our message clear, making it very easy to raise the money."

Vicksburg raised her donations through allotments and fundraisers which included a day off of duty, pizza deliveries from the Vicksburg chain of command and a "pie-in-the-face" raffle.

The pie-in-the-face raffle alone raised $5,181.

"It was fun for me and the crew," said Lt. j.g. Kathryn E. Rosenberg, fire control officer aboard Vicksburg. "All chiefs and officers have a story about how one of their Sailors was helped by NMCRS and I was happy to sacrifice for a good cause."

Some Sailors, who have asked for help in the past, took this opportunity to give back to a cause in which they believe.

"I've {used NMCRS} before," said Culinary Specialist Seaman Andrew R. Durst. "I had an emergency back home, I didn't have money, and they helped me out.

"I really believe in {NMCRS}. Plus it just feels good to throw a pie in your boss's face."

Durst paid $130 to throw a pie.

Vicksburg averaged approximately $105 per Sailor in donations.

Approximately $26,000 came from pay allotments and $11,000 came from other fundraising activities.

Vicksburg is on her final deployment and is slated to decommission in 2013.

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

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