FORT BRAGG, N.C. - More than 300 awardees and spectators gathered in the Fort Bragg Club’s LaFayette Room, June 6, as the post presented awards to generous contributors to the annual Combined Federal Campaign.

Major Gen. Rodney O. Anderson, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg deputy commanding general spoke at the event and praised the contributor for their generosity.

“Thank you to all of you for your leadership and your contribution to the Combined Federal Campaign,” Anderson said. “It is my honor to represent (Lieutenant) General (Frank G.) Helmick and Command Sergeant Major (Earl) Rice, who are currently deployed in Iraq, and to say thank you on their behalf for all that you’ve done in making the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign for this area a great success.”

Anderson said he especially wanted to thank each of the Eagle donors, who contributed from $300 to $1,000 each. He also recognized contributors from several organizations, such as Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Fayetteville, the Transportation Security Administration, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Postal Service and all the other federal agencies that contributed to the 2010 effort.

He also recognized the 82nd Airborne Division, whose commanding general, Maj. Gen. James Huggins was in attendance. The division reached a contribution goal of $643,000 for the campaign.

“I also want to recognize Womack Army Medical Center, whose pledges exceeded $115,000. Well done,” Anderson said. “The Fayetteville VA Medical Center’s pledges exceeded over $82,000, again, well done. Lastly, the Social Security administration, whose pledges exceeded $47,000, well done.”

Anderson explained that the spirit of giving is not a new concept.
“Your generosity proves that each of you cares for others and not only care, but you have spoken from where it really matters, from your wallets,” he said jokingly. “So thank you very much.”

Anderson went on to quote Leo Rossi by saying, “the purpose of life is not to be happy, but to matter, to be productive, to be useful " to make a difference, to have made a difference in your life,” he said.

He added that the contributors’ unselfish generosity and service is inclusive with that spirit.
Regional CFC Coordinator Dan Russell also recognized Linda Miller, who is retiring this year. Russell is responsible for the CFC effort throughout Southeastern North Carolina.

“Linda Miller has been a board representative member for the Fayetteville VA Medical Center for more than 10 years,” he explained. “She started out as one of the campaign managers. Her professionalism, expertise and leadership has been valuable to the success of this campaign. Though her position will ultimately be filled, Linda cannot be replaced.”

Miller is retiring after more than 35 years of service at the VA Medical Center.
Each contributor received Eagle statuettes for their contributions. Based on their contributions, the awards were gold, silver and bronze.

Russell said the federal contribution was over $2, 617,000. He said it was the first time the campaign surpassed 2.6 million and the Eagle donors contributed more than 64 percent of that amount. Russell said when the campaign first began in 1998, there were about 300 Eagle donors, this year, there were 2, 865 people who were qualified as Eagle donors.

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