By Al Macks, Presidio of Monterey Public AffairsApril 7, 2011
PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Presidio workforce members who assisted during the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign at the Presidio of Monterey gathered for a recognition ceremony at Munakata Hall Auditorium here March 29.
The Presidio's 2010 campaign began Oct. 27 and ended Dec. 8. A record amount of $294,364 was raised.
Presidio of Monterey Garrison Commander Col. Darcy A. Brewer, the event host, singled out some campaign key leaders for special recognition during the ceremony. They were Cynthia Gallegos, Lyle Shurtleff, Debra Simpson, Liz Clark, Michelle Ward, Tim Atkinson, Debra Sykes-Barnes, Staff Sgt. Ronnie Bowen, Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Greg Moses, Air Force Staff Sgt. India Copeland, Sima Meerstetter, Philip Hermiz, Marine Corps Sgt. Dan Lee, Julie Schwartz and Tech. Sgt. Reketta Montgomery.
Brewer also singled out the Air Force's 311th Training Squadron for raising more than $3,377 through a pie-in-the-face event in which people paid to vote for cadre to receive pies in the face. Votes cost $1 each. The top three and bottom three votes were selected to receive a pie in the face. The honor of throwing each pie was then auctioned to the highest bidders. However, when asked, squadron commander Lt. Col. Donna O'Harren declined to provide Brewer the number of votes for the "winners."
Of the record-breaking 68 golden eagles donors, 10 attended the ceremony. They were Air Force Lt. Col. Tom Barnett, Christine Benson, Martina Alvarado, Fernando Casao, Cynthia Gallegos, Gary Hughes, Aly Ibrahim, Peter Silzer, Dawn Petersen and Lyoma Usmanov. Golden eagle donors contribute $1,000 or more in donations.
The annual CFC is the only fundraising campaign authorized in the federal workplace. Volunteer key leaders and key workers distribute information about the campaign along with donation forms. Workforce civilian employees and service members who chose to contribute to the campaign made a single cash donation or pledged payroll deductions. All donations were voluntary.
Some 2,400 charitable and service organizations worldwide benefit from CFC funding. Contributors have the option to designate those they choose to support.
The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.