CFC gives $113,000 to IMCOM-Europe Youth, Family Programs
Lt. Gen. Gary Speer, acting U.S. Army Europe commanding general, expresses his thanks for a donation of almost $114,000 presented to Diane Devens, director of Installation Management Command-Europe (right) by Renee Acosta, chief executive officer of Global Impact, in the USAREUR headquarters May 30. The funds, collected during the 2007 Combined Federal Campaign, will go directly to Army family and youth programs in Europe.

HEIDELBERG, Germany - For decades, Soldiers have been giving to the Combined Federal Campaign, a program whose 2006 drive collected $271 million for hundreds of charitable organizations.

And now almost $114,000 of such donations will be going to Installation Management Command-Europe youth and family activities.

In a ceremony held May 30 at U.S. Army Europe headquarters, RenAfAe Acosta, chief executive officer of Global Impact, handed Lt. Gen. Gary Speer, acting U.S. Army Europe commander, and Diane Devens, director of Installation Management Command-Europe, a check for $113,900.

Speer introduced Acosta to those assembled for the brief ceremony, both on site and watching by video teleconference from across Europe, expressing his gratitude to CFC for its support of local programs.

"Thank you for this return to our communities," the general said to Acosta, whose organization manages the CFC for all overseas Department of Defense commands.

Last year's CFC included an option to make direct contributions to youth programs. The check Acosta presented was made possible by donors who used that option, and will go towards funding garrison-level family support and youth programs within IMCOM-Europe.

"It's a program (boost) that provides individual program managers with the extras they need to make programs excellent," said Devens. "It gives us a lot of flexibility."

Devens added that she was personally touched by the fact that contributors opted to earmark their contributions in support of family and youth programs.

"It warms my heart. It goes to show that Soldiers care about the community they live in and that the programs we provide make a difference to them," she said.

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