FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 14, 2015) -- Federal employees in the greater St. Louis area, including Fort Leonard Wood, contributed more than $2,445,000 to a variety of local and national charities during the fall 2014 Gateway Combined Federal Campaign.

The campaign slogan, "Make it Possible," set the theme for the hundreds of volunteers who gave of their time to contact more than 40,000 federal, military and postal employees working throughout the gateway area. This year, Fort Leonard Wood was merged into the Gateway CFC region. Employees on the post gave $161,662 to charities through the CFC.

As part of the Excellence in Government awards program May 7, the CFC presented 27 awards to volunteers and agencies in the region for their exemplary service to the campaign. Three individuals, a team and an agency from Fort Leonard Wood were given awards.

The Unit Leadership Excellence Award was presented to 1st Lt. Samantha Maulupe, who accepted it on behalf of the Headquarters and Headquarters Companies for the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence. Organizers said her agency's spirit and performance to support the campaign was wonderful, and tops in the small office category region-wide. Their statistics included the fact that 100 percent of their employees gave to the CFC, and their average donation was more than $400 per person.

In the category where the CFC honored volunteers, Lesli Sargent from the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center was presented with a campaign coordinator award. Sargent inspired 100 percent participation from her co-workers, and was dubbed the "CFC Queen" by her supervisor, Cheryl Brunk, who said Sargent did a great job of communicating the benefits of giving to charities through the CFC.

In the medium-sized offices from Fort Leonard Wood, an award was given to Staff Sgt. Wesley DeSouza, the campaign coordinator from Company D, 795th Military Police Battalion, 14th Military Police Brigade, who raised $4,740 for the CFC.

The volunteer team winning in the small office category was the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment Headquarters, 3rd Chemical Brigade, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Lt. Col. Shane Gries, Sgt. 1st Class William Spring and Staff Sgt. William Crail made up TRADOC's team. They raised almost $19,000 for the CFC, which was 12 percent of the total raised at Fort Leonard Wood.

More details about the campaign, including an annual report with top charity designation totals, volunteers and federal offices receiving awards can be found at the Gateway CFC website: www.GatewayCFC.org or is available on request by calling 314.621.6182, ext. 1.