DoD Kicks Off CFC Campaign With $11.3 Million Goal
By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2002 Wilhelmina J. Rolark inspired the gathering at DoD's kickoff for this year's Combined Federal Campaign as she enthusiastically had the audience chanting, "If it's to be, it's up to me. If it's to be, it's up to me."
"We're going to have the greatest CFC campaign -- ever!" exclaimed Rolark, president of the United Black Fund, in the deputy secretary of defense conference room at the Pentagon.
CFC 'Hope Mobile' Shows Hope, Caring, Appreciation
By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2002 -- Sitting in the driver's seat, Terry Tharp said the "Hope Mobile" "comes out for our events to show that there is hope, caring and that we appreciate everyone."
Tharp, a Defense Department contractor, is logistics manager for this year's Combined Federal Campaign, which runs from Sept. 18 to Dec. 15. She was at the Pentagon for the Sept. 18 campaign kickoff hosted by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.
The Hope Mobile driver delivers campaign supplies to different agencies throughout the Pentagon. She said the vehicle is decorated with CFC posters and photographs because "if you see it, CFC is on your mind. You can say to yourself, 'I haven't pledged, or, I need to pledge more.'"
The CFC is the annual fall fund-raising drive conducted by federal employees in their workplace. Each year, federal civilian and military personnel contribute millions of dollars to the CFC to benefit thousands of local, national and international nonprofit charities.
"You're out there in the boondocks where you work hard trying to get people to part with some of their paycheck to give to someone who is in greater need than they are," she said.
The needs have doubled or tripled since Sept. 11, Rolark noted. "That's an inspiration to make this the greatest campaign ever," she said.
This year's campaign runs from Sept. 18 through Dec. 15. The CFC is the annual fall fund-raising drive conducted by federal employees. Each year, federal civilian and military personnel contribute millions of dollars to the CFC to benefit thousands of local, national and international nonprofit charities.
"Last year, the generous people of this department outdid themselves by giving more than $12.5 million -- $1.5 million over our goal," said Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, keynote speaker and vice chair of CFC. "This year, our goal is $11.3 million, and I'm confident that we'll exceed that goal as well."
This year's DoD Combined Federal Campaign is dedicated to the memory of David O. "Doc" Cooke in honor of his many years of service as National Capital Area Combined Federal Campaign chairman. Wolfowitz said Cooke raised more than a half a billion dollars during his 11 years as CFC chairman of the board.
Cooke, who in more than four decades at the Defense Department was known as the "mayor of the Pentagon," died June 22 as a result of car injuries suffered June 6. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was DoD's director of administration and management and director of Washington Headquarters Services.
"His single motivation was his concern for improving the lives of others, including the men and women of the armed forces and the people of our community here," Wolfowitz said.
And speaking of helping others, he continued, DoD's service members and civil servants have been doing that on a heroic scale.
"They've elevated service to its highest expression in Afghanistan, along with other men and women who stand watch throughout the world and across our country in this war against terrorism," the deputy defense secretary said. "While they serve us so faithfully and so well, the charities of CFC give gifts of education, nutrition and life-giving support to those who need it, whatever the crisis, wherever it happens.
"It's significant, too, that almost every agency providing national and local relief following last September's attack is part of this campaign," he said.
Also taking part in the kickoff ceremony were Ann M. Veneman, secretary of agriculture and the CFC and national capital area chair, and Howard G. Becker, acting director of DoD's administration and management, who served as master of ceremonies.
"President Bush has declared that this should be a September of service," Veneman said. "He has urged the American people to fight evil with acts of kindness by reaching out to a neighbor, by hugging a child or lending a hand to someone in need. What better way is there to show our service than to participate actively and give through the CFC?
"Our goal this year is to raise $50 million," Veneman noted. "It's an ambitious goal. But the Department of Defense has been truly a leader in the CFC. You've had a 67 percent participation rate for the last three years."
She quoted Bush as saying, "Public service in America today is not just another job. It's an important act of citizenship."