Chairman's Comments - August, 2017


On behalf of your Tailhook Educational Foundation (TEF) Board of Directors, I want to take this opportunity to express our sincerest thanks for the extremely generous donations you provided to TEF at this year’s HOOK ’17 reunion. Your support added over $60,000 to our scholarship portfolio, which was used to fund all 58 TEF perennial scholarships at $50,000 or above. Your donations at Hook this year helped our foundation reach its 2020 Strategic goal three years earlier than expected! Due to your loyal and continuous financial giving, TEF (1) now funds 100+ scholarships each year; (2) increased all annual grants from $2000 per year to at least $2500 per year; and (3) funded all 58 of our perennial grants at $50K or above. Many thanks for your steadfast assistance in helping us accomplish these 2020 goals.

In addition, I’d like to give special recognition to one of our most stalwart and generous individual donors. Over the past several years, Mr. Frank Dobbertien has donated $150,000 to TEF, creating 3 perennial scholarships in his name. When we asked him why he selected TEF, he simply stated he had done his homework. TEF was at the top of his list of charitable organizations in low overhead costs, bang-for-the-buck, efficient, courteous, and professional management, customer service, and providing support to a truly outstanding cause. On behalf of your TEF BOD, Mr. Dobbertien, please accept our sincerest gratitude for your steady flow of generous donations.

We are approaching the Combined Federal Campaign and End of Year donation season. I will send additional options for you to consider regarding these critical pieces of our TEF scholarship portfolio in my next letter to you.

Tailhook Educational Foundation

J.J. Quinn, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)
President, Tailhook Educational Foundation