AER Campaign exceeds initial goal by 40 percent

By Derek Gean
Assistant editor

Fort Leonard Wood’s Army Emergency Relief Campaign ended June 16 with a record-setting year, blasting through two campaign goals to raise $175,345.

The original goal for the campaign, beginning in early March, was $125,000 but donors met that goal on May 2, which prompted AER officials to set a new goal of $175,000. According to Capt. Luke Grieder and Staff Sgt. Titi Kaisa, campaign staff, the total surpassed the original goal by more than 40 percent.

This is the first time in recent years that the installation has not only met the initial goal, but exceeded it. Chuck Matthews, AER officer, said campaign staff worked to make sure every training company on the installation received an AER briefing.

“Capt. Grieder and I were willing to make presentations after normal hours and on weekends, when it was more…     Read More...