Armed Forces Families Foundation donates over $13K for Fort Campbell USO
USO of Fort Campbell
Clarksville Tenn. – May 11, 2018
The Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF), a charity organization helping military families in the Southeast U.S., is proud to announce their donation of more than $13,000 to the USO for their expansion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in May 2017.
Wednesday, Tom Moses, chief operations officer of CFRA, a franchisee of IHOP, presented the $13,171 check to Kari Moore, center director for USO Fort Campbell, to commemorate the donation and celebrate the center’s one-year anniversary. CFRA team members, USO members and Fort Campbell personnel attended the presentation.
To open the new facility, the USO utilized the donated funds to purchase a residential stove and oven, a hot dog roller, Wi-Fi cabling, storage cabinets, rugs, tablecloths, exercise mats, art, décor and supplies for a children’s entertainment room. Additionally, the two charity organizations arranged a community photo contest to design 40 canvas prints used to decorate the area’s walls.
An additional 4,587-square-foot building was devoted to a USO Wellness area featuring individual fitness gear, group fitness classes and a location for hosting athletic competitions.
“The USO proves its value to our troops time and time again,” said Moses. “Our organization, the Armed Forces Families Foundation, is thrilled and honored to do our part for these great people and help provide the donation the USO needed.”
Fort Campbell supports the fifth largest military population in the Army and the seventh largest in the Department of Defense, with 29,000 active duty and 53,000 family members. Since its grand opening in May 2017, the USO center has had approximately 13,850 visitors per month, up from about 5,500 in the old center.
The new USO center provides amenities for service members and their families including ready-to-eat snacks, a lounge area, computers, gaming systems, and outdoor patio and study areas.
“The ongoing support from AFFF means so much to the USO centers,” said Moore. “AFFF provided the resources to put in the touch of home throughout this renovated center, and that impacts service members and family members the minute they walk through the door. Painted, colorful walls and family photos hanging throughout the facility create a warm space that welcomes our guests, no matter their age or rank.”