By Janis Brooks and Ed MickleyDecember 16, 2010
Corpus Christi, Texas (Dec. 9, 2010) - With the Corpus Christi Army Depot paving the way, the Coastal Bend Combined Federal Campaign, a powerful community of caring federal agencies and employees, exceeded $1.1 million for this year's program of giving.
Numerous agencies were honored for their participation and contributions during the CFC annual awards luncheon at Joe Cotton's Barbeque Restaurant, Dec. 9, 2010.
The depot's initial goal was $300,000, but after raising $600,000 for last year's campaign, CCAD Commander, Col. Christopher Carlile, set a new goal to exceed it.
"We need to kick that 60-yard field goal," he emphasized, spurring the depot to try that much harder to reach an ultimate goal of $1 million.
With Carlile's support, Tomi Myers, the depot's "Loaned Executive" hit the floor running, organizing and corralling a team of volunteers to present the CFC information to the depot workforce.
"I let the employees know how it affected my life personally," said Myers. "I let them know how different charities help people get through difficult times."
CCAD's workforce rose to the challenge donating $672,824.90 with 56 percent of the workforce participating. 215 employees handed over more than $1,040 each, earning a coveted CFC Eagle statuette.
"Loaned Executives" are volunteers who lead each organization's internal campaign. Myers assumed the LE role after Lalo Reyna, a 15-year LE for CCAD's campaign passed the reigns to her. During the luncheon, Shannon Chaves, local CFC coordinator, honored Reyna's service with a plaque commemorating his selflessness and long-standing dedication to the campaign.
"Lalo will be missed, he was not only a huge friend to the CFC, but also incredible support for me," Chaves said.
Federal employees can select from and support a wide variety of local or national charities during the campaign using either payroll deductions or one-time donations. Loaned executives drive the campaign through distributing materials to each employee and information about selecting charities.
According to the campaign website, "CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 350 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help raise millions of dollars each year and it continues to be the largest and most successful workplace fundraising program in the world."
In closing, Carlile said, "We're going to work to kick that 60-yard field goal. We'll reach for that million dollar goal because you never know when you or your loved ones might need the help of one of these organizations."