News: Golf scramble supports CFC-Overseas
Story by Pfc. Nicholas Ranum
OKINAWA, Japan - The 2012 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas fund-raising season teed off with a golf scramble at Taiyo Golf Course Sept. 18.
Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, and Marine Corps Installations Pacific hosted the golf scramble in support of their units’ campaigns. The CFC is the only authorized solicitation of federal employees on behalf of charitable organizations.
The CFC has a list of all charitable organizations federal employees are able to donate to through the CFC, according to Capt. Christopher M. Eyre, the CFC-O community area project organizer for MCIPAC.
The campaign started Sept. 17 and will run for nine weeks. The scramble drew the attention of the commanding general of U.S. Forces Japan, who attended the event.
“I want to say thanks in advance to everyone at this kickoff for CFC-O,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. Salvatore A. Angelella, the commanding general of USFJ. “Last year, we made 100 percent contact within the units.”
The campaign, which has been in operation for 51 years, gives service members several options for donating.
“The first method is a payroll deduction, which is a monthly allotment taken from a service member’s paycheck,” said Eyre. “The second method is a one-time cash donation (and) the final method is an online donation that is also a one-time event.”
Participants in the program also choose a charity to receive their donation.
“All unit representatives have a book that lists the charities in alphabetical and categorical order,” said Eyre. “We encourage service members to find a charity that means something to them.”
Events like the golf scramble help spread the word about CFC-O through venues other than unit representatives.
“The golf scramble was designed to get people out and talking about CFC-O,” said Eyre. “Last year, we had a cake-cutting ceremony that drew attention and got people talking. This year, we wanted to have some fun while getting the word out.”
Getting the information out and contacting service members is the main goal for all CFC-O representatives.
“We do not have a monetary goal,” said Eyre. “Our goal is to give everyone a chance to participate in CFC-O.”
To find out more information regarding CFC-O, contact your unit representative or visit the CFC-O website at http://cfcoverseas.org.