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Photographer – James R. Tourtellotte
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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
For over 25 years, the Roger L. Von Amelunxen Foundation has aided, first U.S. Customs, and more recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees and their families. To date, the Foundation has provided over $4.7 million in assistance grants.
This Foundation began with the death of Customs Patrol Officer Roger Von Amelunxen. Through the years we have witnessed many heroes give their lives in the line-of-duty. Roger’s parents, George and Helen Von Amelunxen, felt strongly that families suffering such tragedy should not have the added burden of financial distress while awaiting forthcoming government benefits.
As the Foundation grew, we expanded our funding criteria to include scholarships to minor children of CBP and ICE employees. We found that our funding then permitted us offer some assistance to those employees who sustained great loss due to Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew, among other widespread natural disasters. In recent years, in response to the health care crisis familiar to all Americans, we have aided, at least in part, with unreimbursed medical expenses. As we’ve evolved, we have been able to make these changes to our areas of assistance because of you. We have you to thank for our growth.
As CBP and ICE have grown since the bifurcation of U.S. Customs, we too have experienced steady growth in our funding capabilities. That steady growth has primarily been because members of CBP and ICE have so generously contributed to us through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). While we receive some corporate donations and support from fundraisers, the vast majority of our support is due to the dedicated men and women of CBP and ICE. We are most grateful.
For your past donations and for your efforts to make our work known, we thank you. With an eye toward even more giving potential in the future, we hope you will continue to spread the word. Perhaps your child won a scholarship, or in some other way we have touched your life, or that of a co-worker. When you share that experience with others, we find that our ability to continue our mission, to serve the workers of CBP and ICE, is greatly enhanced.
We are pleased to share with you that the Roger L. Von Amelunxen Foundation is part of the 2009 CFC campaign (#10010) and we are hopeful that you will remember us in the fall of this year.
Once again, we thank you for your support of the Roger L. Von Amelunxen Foundation. Moreover, we thank you for your dedication to the security of our nation.
With Warm Regards,