Chattanooga Fund Tops $1 Million for Shooting Victims
The fund was established in July by Peyton Manning and family in partnership with Senator Bob Corker to support family members of the servicemen killed in the Chattanooga shooting.
Officials with the Community Foundation say that is enough money to endow the fund for the foreseeable future.
“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.”
If you still want to make a donation after September 30th, Cooper suggests the CFGC 7-16 Freedom Fund, which is dedicated to providing college scholarships for children and spouses of the fallen servicemen.
Or their First Responders Fund, which is dedicated to providing financial support to families of Chattanooga area first responders killed or wounded in the line of duty.