• AMC Commanding General Gen. Dennis L. Via and his wife, Linda, take time to visit with charitable organizations at the AMC Charity Fair which launched the Combine Federal Campaign.

    Checking out charities

    AMC Commanding General Gen. Dennis L. Via and his wife, Linda, take time to visit with charitable organizations at the AMC Charity Fair which launched the Combine Federal Campaign.

  • AMC Commanding General Gen. Dennis L. Via talks about the generosity of people in Alabama and Tennessee during the Combined Federal Campaign kick off.

    Gen. Dennis L. Via kicks off campaign

    AMC Commanding General Gen. Dennis L. Via talks about the generosity of people in Alabama and Tennessee during the Combined Federal Campaign kick off.

  • AMC headquarters employees take an opportunity to meet with charitable organizations at the AMC Charity Fair which helped kick off the annual Combined Federal Campaign.

    Charity Fair at AMC headquarters

    AMC headquarters employees take an opportunity to meet with charitable organizations at the AMC Charity Fair which helped kick off the annual Combined Federal Campaign.

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command kicked off the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign with a Charity Fair and Commanding General Dennis L. Via gave opening remarks during a morning ceremony here, Sept. 20.

About 20 charitable organizations set up stations to show how federal employees could contribute to local and international charities for the campaign.

"As anyone that has ever experienced a crisis knows, it's not only a question of if we'll need help but when," Via said. "Just as they [the charities] were there for us, we need to be there for them."

"If everyone gives just a little, I'm confident we'll not only meet our goal, but exceed it," he continued.

Acknowledging the fiscal challenges his employees faced this past year, he remained steadfast in that he knew the heart of the Tennessee Valley is to give.

Via referenced the Chronicle of Philanthropy's most recent report, which cited Alabama as the third most generous state and Tennessee as the fourth, giving between 7.2 percent and 6.4 percent respectively of annual discretionary income.

"We are blessed to have people in this state who take care of others," Via elaborated. "Every contribution counts, and I hope everyone will participate."

"This year's theme is make it possible, so I say to each member of the AMC team, let's make it possible," he concluded.

The Combined Federal Campaign is an annual fundraiser conducted throughout the military every fall. CFC's mission is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing federal employees the opportunity to improve quality of life for all.

AMC exceeded last year's goal by approximately $8,000.

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