The American Legion’s National Emergency Fund (NEF) received a donation of $10,000 from Fifth Third Bank during the organization’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The check was presented to National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger by Carl S. Mills, vice president and senior relationships manager at Fifth Third Bank of Hamilton County in Indiana.
The check was presented “to The American Legion in support of your many worthwhile endeavors on behalf of veterans and your families,” Mills said. “Fifth Third Bank values its relationship with the outstanding organization of The American Legion and looks forward to working with you on many projects in the years to come.
“I personally want to thank all of you for your sacrifice and your service to your country, to help my family and my grandchildren maintain a safe environment here in this country.”
NEF is Dellinger's primary fundraising program as national commander, with a goal of raising $1 million. The program provides immediate financial assistance to Legion family members and posts affected by natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and flooding. The fund provides up to $1,500 for qualified Legion family members and up to $5,000 for posts.