By Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Pikes Peak Region military personnel and federal civilians wrapped up the 50th Anniversary Combined Federal Campaign with a celebration at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 18.
The celebratory atmosphere throughout the event was warranted. According to CFC officials, the Pikes Peak Region set a new campaign giving record with more than $2.6 million raised. Schriever AFB walked away from the event winning the coveted Installation Excellence Award which was previously held by Peterson AFB.
Col. James Ross, 50th Space Wing commander, was on hand during the event to accept the award.
“We may be small at Schriever but we are very generous,” said Ross. “I was overwhelmed by the generosity of our wing and our 16 mission partners. In these tough economic times, for us to be able to give money to those less fortunate or causes that help all is amazing.”
Team Schriever raised more than $266,000 and was the first organization in the CFC Pikes Peak Region and Air Force Space Command to reach and surpass its goal.
“We consistently led throughout the entire campaign,” said Ross.
Ross explained the reason for the base’s campaign success was attributed to a great kickoff event and outstanding volunteers.
“The whole kickoff event was great,” said Ross. “It started with fun and enthusiasm and continued throughout the entire campaign and that is why we surpassed our goal.”
Airman 1st Class Allen Orozco-Castaneda, one of four installation project officers, stepped in halfway through the campaign to help.
“Last year I was a key worker for my squadron,” said Orozco-Castaneda. “Airman Oladiti, one of the original project officers, hurt himself halfway through the campaign. Since we were both in the same squadron I stepped in to fill his shoes. He did an amazing job with the kickoff and getting everyone motivated and I made it a point to continue what he started.”
Orozco-Castaneda explained that he didn’t have to do much to get donations.
“CFC gives us a chance to give back,” he said. “The organization pretty much sells itself. This organization helps people.”
Team Schriever surpassed its previous year’s total gift by $26,000 and had a 32 percent participation rate.
“We couldn’t have done this without the help of our key workers, unit project officers, group project officers and, of course, the many people who took the time to donate,” said Tech. Sgt. Anastasia Moreno, installation project officer.
According to the CFC website, the mission of the campaign is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (Sept. 1 to Dec. 15) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.
Along with taking the installation award, Team Schriever also netted the coveted CFC spirit award. In addition, the ceremony recognized Moreno and William Moses, Missile Defense Agency, as CFC heroes for their efforts in this year’s campaign.
“We had a great time with this campaign and we will be even better next year,” said Ross.