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Historic Evening: NGEF Celebrates $160,000 in Contributions

The National Guard Educational Foundation welcomed four new organizations and two new individuals into its Legion de Lafayette during a special reception in March at the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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The six represented donations of $160,000 to NGEF, which operates the National Guard Memorial Museum and other programs designed to tell all 364 years of the National Guard story. The figure is the largest amount the foundation has ever received at one time.

The new members of the Legion include the host-state organizing committee from the 131st NGAUS General Conference and Exhibition, an aircraft manufacturer, a personnel-services company, a consulting firm and two retired Guard officers.

Music City NGAUS 2009 Inc. donated $90,000. The funds are proceeds from last year’s conference in Nashville, Tenn. It’s the largest single contribution to the NGEF and second only to the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation ($120,000) in accumulative donations.

EADS North America donated $30,000 and the Military Personnel Services Corporation of Falls Church, Va., and Peduzzi Associates Ltd. of Alexandria, Va., contributed $10,000 each.

The new individual Legion members are retired Brig. Gen. Daryl K. McCall, president of the McCall Group of Arlington, Va., and retired Col. Don Deering, a longtime member of the NGAUS Board of Directors.

Music City NGAUS 2009 Inc. funded Deering’s membership. He was the host-state conference coordinator for the 131st NGAUS General Conference, which drew the largest number of attendees and exhibitors in NGAUS conference history.

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