YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan received a Bronze Award and a Special Merit Award at the 2007 Korea-wide Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas Campaign awards ceremony March 11.

"We generated more than $400,000 worth of donations, and it was no easy and small contribution," Hall said of the garrison's efforts during the fund drive lasts fall. "We were partners and leaders, and we should be proud of ourselves."

The director of CFC-Overseas presented the awards to Hall.

"The campaign was very successful," said Director Constance Baker. "Despite the reduction of the number contributors, the contributions actually went up. I thank you for your efforts for a successful year."

USAG-Yongsan then held a garrison-level CFC awards ceremony that afternoon to celebrate the successful year and to recognize Yongsan organizations for their contributions.

Hall thanked representatives from 15 Yongsan units with plaques of gold, silver and bronze.

"Our company received a Silver Award and we are waiting to go back and show it to the others," said 1st Sgt. William Beckman from the HSC 532nd Division, Military Intelligence Battalion. "Hopefully this year in 2008, many more will contribute."

CFC-O gives the Bronze Award to units with an average per-person gift of $60 or 40 percent unit participation. USAG-Yongsan earned the Special Merit Award for "having the best campaign this year and for each team member truly showing the spirit of helping out others," said Steven Carpenter, director of USAG-Yongsan Human Resources.

The CFC is the only authorized solicitation of federal employees in their workplaces on behalf of approved charitable organizations.

The CFC began in the early 1960s to coordinate the fundraising efforts of various charitable organizations so that the federal donors would only be solicited once in the workplace and have the opportunity to make charitable contributions through payroll deduction.

Federal employees make the CFC the largest and most successful workplace philanthropic fundraiser in the world. In 2006, federal employees raised over $271 million dollars for more than 2,000 charitable causes around the world. The CFC-Overseas campaign raised nearly $16 million in 2007.