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CFC kickoff hailed as success

(U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt) Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, talks about the importance of Combined Federal Campaign during the kickoff event Oct. 31 at the main fitness center. Representatives from approximately 35 local and national charities attended the event and provided information about their respective organizations. The event also featured a pie-in-the-face contest and chili cook-off, which combined raised more than $700 for CFC charities.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)
Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, talks about the importance of Combined Federal Campaign during the kickoff event Oct. 31 at the main fitness center. Representatives from approximately 35 local and national charities attended the event and provided information about their respective organizations. The event also featured a pie-in-the-face contest and chili cook-off, which combined raised more than $700 for CFC charities.

By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Team Schriever kicked off its 2013 Combined Federal Campaign Oct. 31 at the main fitness center here following the government shutdown and its delay of the campaign.

“It went well,” said Capt. Chasmine Jones, 50th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section chief and Schriever CFC installation project officer. “We got a week’s notice to get the kickoff back on. There were a lot of moving parts, the whole team had to get together.”

Representatives from approximately 35 local and national charities attended the event and provided information about their respective organizations. The event also featured a pie-in-the-face contest and chili cook-off, which combined raised more than $700 for CFC charities.

With this year’s theme, “It’s not about the goal, it’s about the need,” the Schriever CFC committee is focusing its goal on the true meaning of the CFC — “making lives better, saving the environment, providing furry companionship, finding cures, and overcoming disaster.” With all the fiscal constraints, CFC tailored the theme to inspire the military and federal government.

“Unlike past campaigns, the Schriever CFC will not have a monetary goal,” Jones said. “It’s not about the goal, it’s about the need. Whether it’s giving a dollar or $100, it’s all about the giving. Every contribution is important. “

During the campaign’s initial stage, the CFC committee aims to ensure 100 percent contact with Schriever military and civilian personnel. After contact is made, CFC committee members focus on increasing awareness of the many different CFC organizations.

Jones reiterated the importance of CFC, especially since it provides help to local and national charities as well as other Air Force-related organizations.

“When you donate money toward certain charities, the impact that it has even in your own community is amazing,” Jones said.

Additionally, Jones attributed the success of the kickoff to the key workers and unit project officers.

“They are very instrumental to the whole CFC process,” she said. “I appreciate their patience. We’ve worked hard and every single person on the team worked their tails off to kick off this campaign.”

To donate, individuals should contact their unit project officer or visit http://www.peakcfc.com/_root/index.php?content_id=5119. For now, the campaign is scheduled to end Dec. 15.

“The Combined Federal Campaign is a great fundraising avenue for military and civilian personnel,” said Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander. “I understand that with the fiscal constraints, we may have to tighten our budget. But as the CFC theme said, ‘It is not about the goal, it’s about the need.’ The campaign supports eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.”

Jones echoed the sentiment and said she understands the hardships that others may be facing.

“Whatever you can give, it is greatly appreciated and I know the charities will cherish those donations,” Jones said.

For more information, contact the following group project officers:

50th Mission Support Group: Tech. Sgt. John Muehlhausen

50th Network Operations Group: Capt. Drew Reber

50th Operations Group: Tech. Sgt. Jamie Walker

Mission Partners: Master Sgt. Thomas Arns and Staff Sgt. Rafael Fermin

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