National Guard December 2011 : Page 44

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION NEWS Growing Again The NGEF’s family of large donors adds another nine members HE NATIONAL GUARD Educational Foundation welcomed four individuals and fi ve corporations into its Legion de Lafayette (LdL) during a recep-tion early last month at the National Guard Memo-rial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C. The nine honorees donated $10,000 each to the NGEF , which operates the National Guard Memorial Museum and oth-er programs designed to tell all 375 years of the Guard’s story. They were joined Nov. 5 by six existing LdL members who combined to make $80,000 in additional donations to the foundation. The evening’s $170,000 in contributions brought total fi nancial gifts to the NGEF for 2011 to $1,000,025. The new individual members include a current adjutant general, two former adjutants general and a person who has worked closely with the NGAUS board of directors. “We can’t think of a better way to preserve the history and to educate the public about this cherished and historical mili-tary institution we fondly call the National Guard,” said retired Col. Ron Tipa of Massachusetts, a longtime member of the NGAUS membership committee. Tipa’s contribution came in the name of him and his wife, Dottie. Retired Maj. Gen. Jessica Wright, the former Pennsylvania adjutant general and the current acting principal deputy as-sistant secretary of defense for reserve aff airs at the Pentagon, said the donation from her and her husband, retired Lt. Col. Charles Wright, was about giving back. “I owe a debt of gratitude to the National Guard that far ex-ceeds this contribution to the educational foundation,” she said. The other new individual members were retired Maj. Gen. Douglas Burnett, the former Florida adjutant general, and his 44 T | National Guard

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Growing Again<br /> <br /> The NGEF’s family of large donors adds another nine members<br /> <br /> THE NATIONAL GUARD Educational Foundation welcomed four individuals and five corporations into its Legion de Lafayette (LdL) during a reception early last month at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C. <br /> <br /> The nine honorees donated $10,000 each to the NGEF, which operates the National Guard Memorial Museum and other programs designed to tell all 375 years of the Guard’s story.<br /> <br /> They were joined Nov. 5 by six existing LdL members who combined to make $80,000 in additional donations to the foundation. The evening’s $170,000 in contributions brought total financial gifts to the NGEF for 2011 to $1,000,025.<br /> <br /> The new individual members include a current adjutant general, two former adjutants general and a person who has worked closely with the NGAUS board of directors.<br /> <br /> “We can’t think of a better way to preserve the history and to educate the public about this cherished and historical military institution we fondly call the National Guard,” said retired Col. Ron Tipa of Massachusetts, a longtime member of the NGAUS membership committee.<br /> <br /> Tipa’s contribution came in the name of him and his wife, Dottie.<br /> <br /> Retired Maj. Gen. Jessica Wright, the former Pennsylvania adjutant general and the current acting principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs at the Pentagon, said the donation from her and her husband, retired Lt. Col. Charles Wright, was about giving back.<br /> <br /> “I owe a debt of gratitude to the National Guard that far exceeds this contribution to the educational foundation,” she said.<br /> <br /> The other new individual members were retired Maj. Gen. Douglas Burnett, the former Florida adjutant general, and his Wife, Judy; and Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, the Ohio adjutant general, and her husband, retired Col. James Ashenhurst.<br /> <br /> Officials from some of the new corporate LdL members said their contributions also were about giving back.<br /> <br /> “We felt it was very important that the history and role of the National Guard continue to be captured,” said Jack Carpenter, the reserve-component director for ESS Inc., “and there was not a better organization to capture and tell the story than the National Guard Educational Foundation.” <br /> <br /> American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, CALIBRE Systems, Force Protection and SKYDEX Technologies were also honored as new LdL members last month.<br /> <br /> Corporations or organizations honored Nov. 5 for adding to previous donations were ING Affinity Group ($25,000), Lockheed Martin ($10,000), Military Personnel Services Corporation ($10,000), Peduzzi Associates LTD ($10,000), TriWest Healthcare Alliance ($15,000) and the National Guard Association of Tennessee ($10,000).<br /> <br /> Several of the new LdL members directed their donations to help cover the cost to build the museum’s 9/11 Era Gallery, which is scheduled to open next year.<br /> <br /> The gallery is intended to showcase the full breadth of the current chapter of the Guard story, including missions at home and abroad and the growth of the State Partnership Program. Artifacts will include a piece of steel from the World Trade Center in New York.<br /> <br /> In addition to operating the only national museum dedicated to the Guard, the NGEF maintains a Medal of Honor gallery and a large research library in the National Guard Memorial and the National Guard Monument on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.<br /> <br /> The work of the foundation is made possible by contributions large and small. Donations can be made online easily and securely at www.ngef.org.

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