The Friends of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization facilitated by Pen Air, presented $40,000 to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) of Pensacola. The check presentation was held at the 18th Annual Friends of the NMCRS, Inc. Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, April 13 at A.C. Read Golf Course.

Since 2000, Pen Air has given more than $475,000 to further the mission of NMCRS at Naval Air Station Pensacola. For eighteen years, the credit union has hosted an annual charity golf tournament to raise funds on behalf of the society who is unable to solicit their own funding. The Pensacola society is ranked second in the nation, behind the Washington D. C. society, for receiving the most financial support by its community.

“The NMCRS is so fortunate to have an organization like Pen Air that not only says it supports our military but steps forward and shows it,” said Mark Harden, Executive Director of NMCRS. “Pen Air annually, during our Active Duty Fund Drive, makes a significant donation to help Sailors, Marines and their families when they are in financial need.  We are thankful for their support and appreciative of the significant effort it takes to put together a great golf tournament.”

The funds given will be used for programs such as, Quick Assistance Loans, Budget for Baby workshops, Emergency Travel Loans, Education Assistance, Health Education and Post-Combat Support, Disaster Relief and Financial Assistance and Counseling. In the past year, more than 2,000 military families were assisted by these programs from the Pensacola Society.

“Our mission at Pen Air is to enhance lives and military families are a top priority for us,” said Stu Ramsey, President/CEO of Pen Air. “We are here to help our service members always, but especially in times of financial need. It’s important to us that our troops have the financial education and assistance they need so that they can do what they do best, serve and protect our country.”

About Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society: Since 1904, the mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide financial, educational, and other need-based assistance to active-duty and retired Sailors, Marines, and their eligible family members and survivors. The organization helps service members improve their personal financial skills and encourages individual financial responsibility. For more information, visit nmcrs.org.