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Schriever kicks off CFC

Combined Federal CampaignBy Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Team Schriever is set to kick off the Combined Federal Campaign 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at the main fitness center.

The mission of the CFC 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.

The CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign. Nearly 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raise millions of dollars each year.

The CFC’s theme for 2013 is “It’s not about the goal, it’s about the need.”

“I think everyone was very focused in the past with monetary goals. Our focus has shifted to meeting the need of individuals, whether that be our community or different charities and organizations,” said Capt. Chasmine Jones, Schriever CFC installation project officer.

Needs are high in Colorado Springs with recent events like the Waldo Canyon Fire, Black Forest Fire and flooding. The campaign is one way Schriever members can give back to their local community, said Jones.

Schriever will kick off its campaign with several activities including a Monster Dash run, chili cook-off, sumo-suits, games and informational booths representing roughly 40 non-profit charity organizations.

“Whether it’s a dollar or a hundred dollars, you’re contributing something,” said Jones. “That’s the important thing. It’s going to help tremendously, especially now when times are really hard.”

A Monster Dash will be the first event of the day beginning at 8:30 a.m.

“The run is an opportunity for Schriever members and their families to get active and have fun,” said 2nd Lt. Jessica Wong, 2nd Space Operations Squadron. “The 50 OG is heading the run and plans to place zombies throughout the course, allowing participants to hone their zombie-apocalypse survival skills. Beyond the monster fun, we hope the run drums up excitement about the 2013 CFC and motivates participants to stick around and learn about the CFC and the help it provides.”

After burning calories running from the undead, Schriever members are invited to participate in the 2013 Chili Cook-Off located next to the main fitness center in Building T-135.

“Chili cook-offs are a good way to raise donations,” said Tech. Sgt. John Muehlhausen, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron. “The 50th Mission Support Group CFC reps were challenged with making this year better than the last. All donations will go to the 50th Space Wing’s overall goal.

Muehlhausen is not only an organizer for the event, but has also organized a team that he is sure will bring home some wins.

“Last year the Chief’s Group won, I can guarantee it will not happen twice,” he said. “We will walk away with at least two awards and bragging rights. Take some time out of your busy schedule and make some chili. Colorado has struggled a lot this year and so have a lot of organizations. Please come out and try some chili and make a donation to the CFC.”

Tickets for voting will be available at the CFC kick off Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in four different categories: Best Tasting, Most Unique, Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice.

For more information, contact your unit’s CFC representative. For those unable to make it to the kick-off, a CFC booth will be set up at the 50th Force Support Squadron Expo Oct. 23 for members to get information about different charities and to donate.

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