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Chattanooga Heroes Fund donations top $1 million dollars

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Contributions to the Chattanooga Heroes Fund have topped $1 million dollars.

The level of funding is enough to endow the fund for the foreseeable future, according to the the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.

The fund was established after the July 16 shooting that claimed the lives of five service members in Chattanooga, and was created by former University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning and his family, in partnership with U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, former mayor of Chattanooga.

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“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support shown to these families through contributions to the Chattanooga Heroes Fund,” Manning said. “Now that contributions to the Fund have topped one million dollars, we decided to end the contribution phase on September 30 and focus on providing assistance to those in need.

“Thanks to the goodwill and generosity of so many donors, the Fund is fully equipped to provide long-term financial support for the affected families as they face the challenge of rebuilding their lives – and their futures,” Manning added. “We would like to express our sincerest appreciation to each and every person, family, and organization that made a donation in honor of the servicemen who sacrificed their lives, and the police officer who risked his life to protect the greater Chattanooga community on July 16.”
 
“The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga would like to reiterate our gratitude to donors across the U.S. and beyond who have provided support for the Fund,” said Pete Cooper, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. “We will continue working closely with Peyton Manning, Senator Corker, and key military and governmental officials to ensure proper protocols for funds disbursement are in place, and to provide appropriate support to the families based on their needs.”

Donations can still be made to support of the families affected on July 16, or in honor of military and government service personnel after September 30 may still do so through the CFGC 7-16 Freedom Fund, which is dedicated to providing college scholarships for children and spouses of the fallen servicemen. 

You can also donate to the CFGC First Responders Fund, which will provide financial support to families of Chattanooga area first responders killed or wounded in the line of duty.

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