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75 For 75 Challenge Benefits Cadet Corps

Campaign Conducted By and For CAP Youth

Civil Air Patrol’s first ever cadet-driven fundraising campaign is underway.

Launched on Nov. 1 by the Civil Air Patrol Development Team, the 75 For 75 Challenge was created to help celebrate the 75 years of service of CAP’s Cadet Programs while at the same time initiating a national fundraising challenge to benefit the 25,000-member cadet corps.

“The goal is for each cadet to raise $75 (or more),” said Lt. Col. Michael Kathriner, who heads the development team. “The money will directly benefit each participating cadet’s squadron.”

Cadets who accept the challenge are encouraged to create personal fundraising webpages through CAP to track their progress, compete among peers and answer questions from donating individuals and companies.

“The 75 For 75 Challenge offers an opportunity for each and every cadet to become a stakeholder in the future of their unit’s cadet program by reaching out to their community,” Kathriner said. “Encouraging cadets to speak to various civic and philanthropic organizations allows them to individualize their messages about what CAP has done or is currently doing for them, and for them to showcase their enthusiasm and passion.”

The campaign concludes Jan. 31.

Once cadets have collected their contributions, the finance committee of each cadet’s home unit will determine how the funds will be used. Suggested uses include scholarships for CAP activities, color guard equipment, and bivouac or field trip expenses, to name a few.

“More money brings more opportunities for more cadets to participate in more activities,” said Kathriner, adding that the development team hopes the 75 For 75 Challenge will raise as much as $480,000 for local squadrons’ cadet programs.

More information is available online or via email

75 for 75 Challenge