Women in Defense Event Raises $10,000 for USA / Michigan Cares

Jan 25, 2010, 13:04 ET from Women in Defense Michigan Chapter

TROY, Mich., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Women in Defense (WID) Michigan Chapter recently presented USA / Michigan Cares with a $10,000 check to assist the non-profit in its fundraising efforts to help post-9/11 active-duty U.S. military service personnel, veterans and their families in Michigan with financial and advocacy support during their time of need.

The check was presented at the Inaugural Bocce Ball "Tournament of the Primes" event hosted by WID on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Palazzo di Bocce in Orion. More than 150 people from defense prime contractors and their suppliers, including AM General, BAE Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems and Oshkosh, took part in the Consortio Development-sponsored event.

"Thanks to the generosity of our Tournament of the Prime participants, challengers and those in attendance, we are very privileged to be able to contribute to an organization like USA / Michigan Cares," said Nancy A. Loerch, president of the WID Michigan Chapter and executive vice president at Archetype Joint, LLC. "The thousands of dollars raised will go to assist the soldiers, veterans and families who have sacrificed so much."  

"Events like this allow Americans to share in the sacrifices bore by our military and their families," said James Marquardt, board member and co-founder of USA Cares. "I'm consistently moved by the compassion of those that continue to make it possible for USA Cares to assist these brave warriors and their families."

USA Cares is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps post-9/11 military families bear the burdens of service with financial and advocacy support. Its mission: To help with basic needs during financial crisis, to assist combat injured veterans and their families and to prevent private military home foreclosures and evictions. In six years, USA Cares has received over 20,000 requests and responded with more than $6.5 million in grants. Military families anywhere in America can apply for assistance through the USA Cares Web site, www.usacares.org or by calling 1-800-773-0387.

Women in Defense (WID) Michigan Chapter is a professional networking and development organization for women and men across Michigan who contribute to national defense and security. The association aims to cultivate the advancement of women leaders in government and industry, provide the members with opportunities to interact and exchange ideas, host diverse and inspiring events and work with the Michigan defense industry for the mutual benefit of its members. WID is open to both men and women and is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). For more information, visit www.wid-mi.org.

SOURCE Women in Defense Michigan Chapter