By Tech. Sgt. Stacy Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
The local Combined Federal Campaign recognized contributors ranging from military installations to federal organizations across the Frontrange during their celebration of “heroes” at the Peterson AFB Club Jan. 14.
The CFC is one of the largest workplace charity campaigns in the world, allowing anyone who works for the federal government — including civilian, postal and military employees — to contribute to a variety of charities via payroll deductions or through a one-time donation.
The event, led by Master of Ceremonies, John Karroll, KRDO news anchor, was, at times, a raucus affair as attendees were encouraged to cheer for their organizations as their contribution amounts were announced.
Schriever exceeded its 2009 goal of $250,000, surpassing last year’s goal by more than $20,000.
“I had tremendous confidence in the generosity of Schriever personnel and our campaign team,” said Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing Commander. “I just believed wholeheartedly we would step up for our charities — and Team Schriever hit a home run!”
Colonel Monteith also pointed out that Schriever personnel raised their average donation amount by $52 per person, and congratulated the Gold, Silver and Bronze award recepients.
Tech. Sgt. Johnathon Johnson, 50th Space Wing Inspector General’s office, led the effort by preparing a campaign plan and recruiting Schriever’s team.
“Since I was also the campaign lead last year, I was able to apply some lessons learned to this year’s campaign,” said Sergeant Johnson. “The team just took it from there and made it happen.”
Each organization presented a check to a charity representative, signifying the contributions made to the thousands of charities listed in the CFC’s “Catalog of Caring.”
Colonel Monteith and Chief Master Sgt. Randy LaCombe, 50th Space Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant, presented a campaign check to Kevin Tebedo, representing the Voice of the Martyrs, a Christian service charity.
“The energy for this campaign came from the entire team,” said Colonel Monteith. “We are all very proud of your achievements, and thank you for your generosity and for making this such a successful campaign.”