ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--The depot and East Alabama Combined Federal Campaign recognized more than 600 employees here April 21 whose contributions to the CFC placed them in an elite category of donors.

Leadership givers are those who donated at least $500 annually through CFC, which recognizes three levels of leadership giving: Bronze ($500-699/year), Silver ($700-999/year) and Gold ($1000 and up/year). There were 603 people at Anniston who qualified for this recognition.

The depot's 2008 CFC was a success, raising more than $607,000 for charities locally, nationally and internationally. The goal was $450,000. Contributions just from leadership givers alone totaled $407,398.

As part of their recognition, leadership givers received eagle trophies and were treated to a formal ceremony where depot leaders and area nonprofits praised their efforts.

"You did a tremendous job, and-along with everyone on depot who contributed to CFC-you helped those causes that need the support of civic-minded people like you," said Depot Commander Col. S. B. Keller during the CFC awards ceremony.

Each year during the campaign, Federal employees, postal workers and military personnel are able to choose among thousands of nonprofit organizations and select those to which their contributions will go. "CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 300 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year," according to the Office of Personnel Management.

East Alabama CFC also includes Homeland Security at McClellan, area U.S. Post Offices, Federal Corrections Institute, Federal Aviation Administration and Social Security.

The Local Federal Coordinating Committee, the board of the East Alabama CFC, has partnered with the United Way of East Central Alabama for many years now in managing the area campaign. The United Way, a local nonprofit organization that supports about 30 independent nonprofit agencies in a three-county area, aided in the success of the depot's CFC through keyworker training, LFCC meetings, kickoff sessions and agency tours.

"This depot makes up a large community of caring people, and if it weren't for the United Way helping us get the message out about the importance of CFC, the campaign and its operations wouldn't be as successful," said Laura Ellis, 2008 CFC chairperson.

Curtis Simpson, executive director of the local United Way, and Joe Nabors, director of the Calhoun-Cleburne Children's Center in Anniston, were guest speakers at the awards ceremonies. Pati Tiller and Raymond Ervin, representing the ARC of Calhoun and Cleburne Counties, presented the Kids on the Block puppet program, which showed the audience what children in elementary school might be going through as they adapt to disabilities and differences in the classroom and in their neighborhoods.

"Our local agencies and their clients are grateful for the help they receive from depot employees. Some of their clients may not receive the assistance they so desperately need if it weren't for CFC and for other charitable contributions," said Simpson. "We're extremely glad to be a part of it and to see the positive impact it makes in the lives of so many in our community."

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