ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - Employees from multiple federal agencies across a 37-county area celebrated reaching their fundraising goal.

Employees with the Combined Federal Campaign held an awards ceremony and luncheon Jan. 20 recognizing federal, military and postal employee donations to local, national and international charities.

Employees pledged $827,470 and exceeded last year's total of $821, 390.

Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general of the Army Sustainment Command and the 2010 CFC Honorary Chair served as the keynote speaker.

"This is all about you guys. Thanks," he said. "This takes leadership, focus and time. You took the time out of your busy schedule to make this successful. Without you this would not be a reality. I thank you and the Army thanks you."

Organizational awards were also presented during the luncheon.

Organizational Participation Awards (greatest participation per group size):

- Transportation Security Administration: 79 percent (small organization)

- U.S. Army Garrison Rock Island Arsenal: 58 percent (medium organization)

- Joint Munitions Command: 48 percent (large organization)

The United States Postal Service office, Rock Island, received the Postal Excellence Award while TACOM employees Vicki Payton, Charlie McIntyre and Cathy Boultinghouse received the Innovative Award for designing a cookbook for CFC fundraising efforts.

Gail Karp, TACOM employee and first place essay contest winner, read her essay telling how her autistic son
was helped by a CFC charity, which provides support and educational programs to the Quad City community
and keeps the lines of communication open for moms and dads of autistic children.

Linda Loebach, JMC employee and second place essay contest winner, read her essay on how the National
Epilepsy Foundation helped her niece regain her confidence to live a normal life.

Joel Himsl, garrison manager, U.S. Army Garrison-Rock Island Arsenal, thanked everyone and especially
leadership for making the campaign a success.

"(Leaders) you inspire those people around you to give. Thank you," he said.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the only authorized solicitation of federal and postal employees in the
workplace on behalf of charitable organizations. The Illowa Bi-State CFC covers all federal, postal and military
employees in the 37-county area of Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

Other CFC Facts:

A-'AS 45 percent of donations will stay in the Quad City area.
A-'AS 55 percent of donations go to national and international organizations.
A-'AS 26 percent of employees donated to 1,123 charities.
A-'AS The top three agencies with the highest donations were St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, United Way Quad Cities and Humane Society Rock Island.

More information on the Illowa Bi-State Combined Federal Campaign and winning essays are available on the
Internet at General information on the national campaign is available on the U.S. Office of
Personnel Management's Web site, at