DoD's CFC Fundraising Drive Nets Record-Setting $13 Million
By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2004 This year's Defense Department fund raising efforts was a boon for the National Capital Area Combined Federal Campaign coffers.
Steve Kelly, DoD Combined Federal Campaign director, and Wilhelmina J. Rolark, president and chief executive officer of the United Black Fund, pose by the trophies and plaques at DoD's CFC awards ceremony Feb. 17. Photo by Rudi Williams
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Thousands of military and civilian personnel made more than $13 million in donations to help their less fortunate neighbors and to support the community in the National Capital Area, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told an audience today during DoD's CFC awards ceremony in the Pentagon.
"That's a million dollars more than we donated last year, and it represents our largest increase ever," Wolfowitz noted. "What's more, we achieved 61 percent participation. Nearly two out of every three employees supported this effort to some degree. That's an impressive result, and you all really deserve to take a bow."
Wolfowitz presented the CFC National Capital Area a symbolic check for $13 million, which represents DoD's contribution to the 2003 Combined Federal Campaign, which encompasses all federal agencies.
Raising $13 million enabled DoD to maintain its distinction as the single largest charitable fundraising organization in the world, said master of ceremonies Raymond F. DuBois, the Pentagon's director of administration and management and director of the Washington Headquarters Services.
"With our big CFC boost, the National Capital Area was able to meet its goal and raise a grand total of $50 million, more than 3 percent over last year's donations," DuBois noted.
DuBois introduced Wilhelmina J. Rolark "for her traditional CFC words of inspiration." He said for more than 10 years, Rolark has been a dependable friend and loyal CFC ally.
"It's good to have a good purpose, and we do have a good purpose in the Combined Federal Campaign," said Rolark, president and chief executive officer of the United Black Fund. "But it's equally important to have good people who work as hard as you to bring about these very valuable statistics."
Rolark congratulated the fundraisers for running a campaign that helps people who need help. "The needs are bigger than ever," Rolark noted. "Keep on doing what you're doing -- working hard to help others."
She quoted her late husband as saying: "Individual effort is what makes things become a success."
Before leaving the podium, Rolark had the audience enthusiastically chanting: "If it's to be, it's up to me! If it's to be, it's up to me!"
In a brief interview after the ceremony, Steve Kelly, DoD CFC director, commended military people for their CFC participation. "When we look at the bulk of contributions, we owe thanks to the military services because they represent more than 70 percent of the contributions in DoD," he said. "We also know that in a lot of fundraising, those that don't have a lot seem to give the most. That's true of all the armed services."
Kelly said DoD personnel understand from being exposed to so much what the real need is. "They see it, they feel it, and they're part of it," he noted. "Because of that, I think their identification is very strong."
The top awards included the David O. Cooke CFC Loaned Executive Leadership Award, in honor of the late "Doc" Cooke's record-setting CFC leadership and support.
Cooke, who was known as "The Mayor of the Pentagon," died at 82 on June 22, 2002. He was the director of administration and management and director of Washington Headquarters Services.
"Among 12 outstanding loaned executives, there was a tie for this award," Kelly said. "The co-recipients are Caroline Craig and Bonnie Ingalls."
Craig, of the Missile Defense Agency, was the team leader for the Navy and Marine Corps loaned executive team. Ingalls, of the Defense Information Systems Agency, was assigned to seven major defense accounts, Kelly said.
The second top award, the John Moreland Most Outstanding Loaned Executive (for CFC operational excellence), is named for Moreland's 18 distinguished years as a defense loaned executive, Kelly said. Tied for this award were Ken Fortner of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Air Force Maj. Malcolm Johnson. Fortner was assigned six separate defense accounts and Johnson was handled six major Navy accounts.
"In further honor of Cooke, the secretary of defense also established a 'Doc Cooke' award for the most outstanding of our 22 great DoD campaigns, awarded separately in the large, mid-size and small campaign category," Kelly said.
Awards for campaign managers are named in honor of Sara McCarter, who spent 18 years as the Air Force's CFC campaign manager.
Co-recipients for the most outstanding large campaign were the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Air Force. The honorees are Don Nau of DIA and Tamera Hopkins and Sheron Richardson of Air Force.
The DoD inspector general garnered the award for the most outstanding mid-sized campaign.
The most outstanding small campaign award was the Defense Contract Audit Agency.
Co-recipients for the most outstanding manager of a mid-size campaign were Navy Cmdr. Kevin McLauglin of the Joint Staff and Chuck Augustine of the Missile Defense Agency.
The most outstanding manager of a small campaign was Kristy Green of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
The top three unit awardees are:
The Navy and Marine Corps team earned the CFC Merit Award, for raising more than $3 million, with 55 percent participation, while achieving 105 percent of their goal.
"For the 14the year, the Navy and Marine Corps earned a special award recognizing their raising more than $3 million, the second highest annual workplace fundraising result in the world," Kelly said.
The Army set a fundraising record with nearly $3 million, with 51 percent participation, and achieved 110 percent of its goal.
"For the 15th year, the Army earns a special award to recognize their raising well in excess of $2 million, $156,000 more than was raised last year," Kelly noted. "The Army also won eight DoD and one National Capital Area communications-marketing award."
For the first time in the history of the Air Force campaign, that service raised more than $2 million, some $315,000 more than was raised last year, Kelly noted. The Air Force logged a 64 percent participation rate while achieving 131 percent of its goal.
The Air Force also won three DoD and one National Capital Area communications- marketing award.
A host of other DoD organizations raised thousands of dollars for this year's DoD CFC effort.