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CFC kicks off following shutdown

By Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The Combined Federal Campaign planning committee has reconvened here after the recent government shutdown delayed the annual fundraising kick-off event.

Originally slated for mid-October, the new CFC kickoff is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“With the Combined Federal Campaign being condensed from Oct. 31 until Dec. 15, I still want people to keep in mind that the intent is to meet the need of the community and not a specific monetary goal,” said Capt. Chasmine Jones, Schriever CFC installation project officer. “There are people in our very own community who need our help and CFC is a way for us as a base to come together and help those in need.”

Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, remarked that even with the shortened timeline, the event is an opportunity for Schriever to show its strength as a community.

“After receiving word about the end of the recent government shutdown, we immediately began working to reschedule the planned Combined Federal Campaign kickoff,” said Liquori. “This is part of the strong start to FY14.”

The new date also comes with changes to the event schedule and relocation of all activities indoors at the base’s main fitness center. The 5K originally slated to start the campaign has been canceled and the event will now begin with the Spooktacular Chili Cook-off.

“Schriever members, in teams of no more than four, will have a chance to put their chili and creativity up for six prizes, to include best taste, most unique, judge’s choice, spiciest chili, best decorated table and best costume,” said Jones. “We are asking those tasting to provide donations, E-5 and above $5 and E-4 and below $3, that will benefit the CFC charities involved.”

Prior to the kick off, a new event coined Penny Wars will begin to generate interest.

“Containers with each of the group commanders and their respective chiefs will be labeled in front of the Dish,” said Jones. “People can put money in the container for the leadership they wish to see receive a pie in the face. Collections will begin Friday at lunch at the Dish, and will go until noon on the day of the CFC kickoff.”

At that time, the commander and the chief with the most donations will have a chance to either receive the pie, or buy themselves out of the situation. Proceeds for this event will also go toward CFC charities.

“I would like to encourage you to attend and check out the various organizations you may be able to help this year,” said Liquori. “Although this has been a tough fiscal year, it’s important to remember we can still help those less fortunate than us.”

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