Sailors from the Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) participated in a Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Fundraiser coordinated by ATRC's Fire Controlman 1st Class Jeremiah Wright and Fire Controlman 2nd Class Stephen Ainley on Friday, May 18, outside by the gazebo. During the event, some participants got a little messy!
The "Pie in the Face" contest not only raised money, but also Sailors' awareness about the importance of Sailors taking care of Sailors. "ATRC makes up a small percentage of the Fleet but we were able to raise over $1,000 for our shipmates," Wright said.
The NMCRS provides nearly four million Sailors, Marines, and their families with financial assistance in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. In addition, it provides services such as financial counseling.
For a week and a half, ATRC military and civilians bid on military personnel. The top bidder for each candidate had the honor of throwing a pie into the face of their selectee. The top seven selectees were (7) Fire Controlman 1st Class Jeremy Shevokas, (6) Chief Fire Controlman Christopher Odachowski, (5) Senior Chief Fire Controlman Charles Nobles, (4) Fire Controlman 1st Class Matthew Irwin, (3) Fire Controlman David Rogers, (2) Capt. Ian Hall, ATRC's commanding officer, and (1) Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Marvin Hayden, the command's senior enlisted leader.
Right before the contest began, Cmdr. Kip Rossetti, ATRC's Executive Officer, announced that he would partake in the contest if ATRC could reach the $1,000 mark. In less than five minutes, Sailors had donated enough money for Rossetti to take a pie in the face.
With blueberries, pie crust, and whipped cream smeared upon their faces, all participants, including Hall, were all smiles. "I am a huge supporter of Sailors taking care of other Sailors and their family members," Hall explained. "If taking a pie in the face helped a shipmate, then it was well worth it."