Grant to help USO expand at RDU, open Fayetteville center

Posted December 21, 2010 2:45 p.m. EST

— The Cannon Foundation awarded the USO of North Carolina a $95,000 grant to upgrade its existing center at the Raleigh-Durham airport and to establish a new center at the Fayetteville airport.

Nearly 8,700 troops pass through RDU and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport each month, said John Falkenbury, president and chief operating officer for the USO of North Carolina.

"With the huge increase in traffic from Fort Bragg’s expansion to include Forces Command and the Army Reserve Command, we needed help in establishing a presence at the Fayetteville airport," Falkenbury said in a statement.

The Cannon Foundation was established in 1943 by the late textile magnate Charles A. Cannon. It now supports fields such as health care, education, human and social service programs and organizations, and it previously gave money to the USO center at Charlotte-Douglas airport.