CHATTANOOGA (press release)—Peyton Manning has established the Chattanooga Heroes Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to support the families of those who lost their lives as well as those who were wounded in the tragic shootings on July 16.
Manning has made an initial contribution to the Chattanooga Heroes Fund, which is accepting donations online (CFGC.org) or by mail (address below).
“Our family has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the great city of Chattanooga, and it has a very special place in our hearts,“ Manning said. “But on July 16th, 2015, this strong, welcoming community was forever changed by the tragedy that unfolded.
“The five servicemen who gave their lives, the police officer who risked his life in order to protect others, and the actions of many other first responders were truly heroic. We are proud to establish the Chattanooga Heroes Fund to honor these heroes by helping to provide for the future of their families.”
The Chattanooga Heroes Fund will provide a continuation of financial support to help the families and individuals directly affected by the shooting meet longer-term financial need. The Fund is intended to bridge the gap between shorter-term support and future challenges the families and/or individuals stand to face in the coming years.
Senator Bob Corker, former mayor of Chattanooga, has expressed support and has joined Manning in making an initial donation to establish the fund.
“We deeply appreciate Senator Corker’s support in establishing the Chattanooga Heroes Fund and hope that others can do what they can to recognize the noble actions of the servicemen who sacrificed and risked their own lives last week,” Manning said.
The Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (CFGC), Chattanooga’s oldest community-owned foundation. CFGC has more-than 50 year track record of managing funds dedicated to addressing areas of critical need in the greater Chattanooga community, including the administration of more than 350 funds totaling more than $100 million dollars in assets, and more than $14 million grants in 2014 alone.
“We are proud to support Peyton by serving as home for the Chattanooga Heroes Fund, and we will work closely with him to ensure proper protocols for funds disbursement are in place,” said Foundation President Pete Cooper. “We will also work closely with the appropriate military personnel to ensure support from the funds reaches those families.”
Checks should be made payable to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga with “Chattanooga Heroes Fund” in the memo. Mail checks to:
Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Attn: Chattanooga Heroes Fund,
1270 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402.