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Schriever sets CFC goal at $265K

Chief Master Sgt. Patrick McMahon, 50th Space Wing command chief, hands out chili to attendees during the Schriever Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Friday at the main fitness center. Team Schriever raised more than $1,500 during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Evans)

By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Team Schriever raised approximately $1,500 to kick off its Combined Federal Campaign Friday at the main fitness center.

“Our goal is to keep the CFC Regional Excellence Award trophy in our house,” said Col. James Ross, 50th Space Wing commander. “The entire team did an outstanding job putting this event together. It’s a great way to kick off the CFC here at Schriever. The CFC provides us with an unusual opportunity to donate to whatever charity we want and those contributions are absolutely critical. The charities need our money to do good things for Americans and other people in the world.”

The CFC’s mission 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 other. The theme this year is “Get Your Give ON-Line,” and it encourages Schriever personnel to donate online.

“Last year, our installation goal was set at $248,000; we met and exceeded that goal, raising more than $260,000,” said Capt. Lorraine Sult, 50 SW Staff Judge Advocate civil law chief and Schriever CFC installation project officer. “This year, we have set the goal higher than what was raised last year. Our goal for this year is $265,000.”

During the kickoff event, 14 members, units and private organizations participated in the chili cook off and attendees judged the best chili on base. Schriever also hosted a silent auction for electronics, games and more.

The highlight of the event based on audience participation was the pie-your-commander contest. Each commander as well as 50 SW leadership were pied by their members.

Team Schriever also hosted more than 60 Pikes Peak regional charities for a charity open house. Representatives provided information about their respective charity organizations.

“In many ways, the contribution that you make [through the CFC] is a volunteer opportunity within our community,” said Thomas Gonzalez, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter, one of the many charity organizations included in CFC. “You are truly a force multiplier that makes a difference in our community.”

Tech. Sgt. Sarah Law, 50 SW ground safety manager and Schriever CFC IPO, said CFC is a great way for Schriever personnel to give back to the community.

“We encourage everyone to take a look at what CFC does and how it affects not only our community, but the whole world, as well.” Law said. “It is important to remember that contributions can be made for local, national and international charities. The CFC’s impact is far-reaching and touches so many lives, whether directly or indirectly, and donations go a long way.”

For more information, please contact your CFC unit project officers and key workers or visit the CFC Pikes Peak Region website at To donate online, visit

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