FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The 2011 Combined Federal Campaign drew to an official close Monday with a recognition luncheon at the Officers' Club. However, federal employees still can contribute to their favorite charities until the end of the day.

This year, the Midlands Area CFC raised more than $1.1 million, including about $500,000 in contributions from the Fort Jackson community.

Tammy Huddle, director of the Midlands Area CFC said she was grateful for each contribution.
"It was a great CFC effort, and we look forward to 2012 and having another great campaign on post," Huddle said.

Maj. Gen. James Milano, who at the beginning of the campaign set a goal of $750,000 for Fort Jackson, said that although the post did not meet that number, at least the past years' negative trend of declining contributions had ceased.

"We've been working this (campaign) hard," Milano said. "We have a great team that put a lot of hard work into getting the word out and advertising this and contacting people."

The Fort Jackson CFC project officer, 1st Lt. Lydia Berry, said she is grateful for the generosity of the Fort Jackson community, especially in a challenging economic climate.

"I think a lot of people on the fort were really generous," Berry said. "The outcome ... was awesome. I'm grateful."

During the luncheon, various on and off-post organizations received awards for their participation. Silver certificates were given to agencies with per capita giving of $40-75. Gold certificates were awarded for per capita giving of at least $76. Organizations with a double-digit percentage increase in contributions received the merit award. The Eagle Award was presented to four agencies based on total money raised, increase in giving, highest per capita giving and highest participation.