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Col. Phil Stewart, 9th Reconnaissance Wing commander speaks during opening ceremonies of the Beale Liaison Group golf tournament at Peach Tree Golf Club Marysville, Calif., September 7, 2012. This was the 4th annual BLG golf tournament which helps raise money for many base agencies. . (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard)

Col. Phil Stewart, 9th Reconnaissance Wing commander speaks during opening ceremonies of the Beale Liaison Group golf tournament at Peach Tree Golf Club Marysville, Calif., September 7, 2012. This was the 4th annual BLG golf tournament which helps raise money for many base agencies. . (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., -- Being one of the largest icons in the local community, Beale is often in the spotlight for philanthropy; however, the local community also turns this around and takes care of Airmen on a regular basis.

An Airman here became the recipient of a gift from the local community Sept. 14. The Airman, who chose to stay anonymous, was given a new stand-up freezer full of food by a member of the Beale Liaison Group, who also chose to stay anonymous.

"It was a big deal for this Airman who just went through some unfortunate events," said Master Sgt. Jason Davis, 489th Reconnaissance Squadron first sergeant. "The member of the local community didn't do this for glory, he did it because he knew he didn't need the food and someone else did."

The freezer and food came from an auction at the local BLG Golf Tournament at Peach Tree County Club in Marysville, Calif., Sept. 7.

After bidding on the freezer and winning with a more than $500 bid, the community member told the Beale's first sergeants, "Give it to someone who deserves it."

"We weren't surprised." Davis said. "Year after year this community gives. Last year it was a car and $37,000 from this tournament, they are always supportive of our efforts."

In the past, money from the tournament and auction has gone to scholarships, food closets, first sergeant's programs, emergency funds and offsetting the cost of Beale's morale boosting events. Most recently the BLG donated funds to help lower ticket cost for the Air Force Ball Sept. 22.

"The money we raise at these tournaments goes to show what the community thinks of our service members," said Janice Nall, one of Beale's top BLG members. "Beale is an important part of the local economy and the defense of our country."