Legion de Lafayette Donors Feted at Reception
The National Guard Educational Foundation honored 22 donors who gave a total of nearly $240,000 during a special reception at the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C., Saturday night.
Among those recognized were the members of a NGAUS committee, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, two aerospace-industry giants and five educational institutions.
Each provided at least $10,000 to be part of the NGEF’s Legion de Lafayette, which is reserved for the largest benefactors.
The ceremony followed the annual winter meeting of the NGAUS board of directors.
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“The National Guard Educational Foundation tells a rich narrative that must be told today and must be preserved for tomorrow,” said Gen. Craig R. McKinley, who was accompanied by his wife, Cheryl.
“We are current caretakers of this story,” he said. “And the NGEF is our opportunity to thank those who came before us and to ensure our successors understand the great legacy they will one day inherit.”
Also making a large donation was the NGAUS Committee on Company-Grade Issues.
“Supporting the NGEF is about responsibility,” said Capt. John Brownell of Nevada, who along with Capt. Sharel Paradis, represent the 14-member committee on the NGAUS board. “Specifically, it’s about our responsibility to share and document our successes for future generations.”
The NGEF operates programs that tell all 375 years of the Guard story. This includes the National Guard Memorial Museum, which is located at NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The $237,500 donated over the weekend puts the foundation well on in its way to exceeding last year’s record of contributions totaling $375,000.
Also making donations Saturday were Allied American University; American Military University; The Boeing Company; Booz-Allen Hamilton; Capella University, Cobham; EADS North America, Geppetto Catering, which handles catering for many NGAUS events; Grantham University; Lincoln Educational Services; Northrop Grumman; Raytheon; StanleyBlack&Decker; Strategic Resources, Inc.; and Yoste Strategic Partners.
Other individual contributors were retired Brig. Gen. Norman E. Arflack, a former NGAUS vice chairman (Army), and his wife Cindy; retired Brig. Gen. David A. Brubaker, a former deputy director of the Air Guard; Marion Moon; retired Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz, a former director of the Army Guard, and his wife, Barbara; and retired Maj. Gen. Paul A. Weaver Jr., a former director of the Air Guard, and his wife, Cathylee.