MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - The Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Naval Health Clinic hosted a chili cook off Dec. 18 to raise funds for the Combined Federal Campaign.
The CFC is the only officially sanctioned fundraiser authorized by the Department of Defense for service members.
“Usually the CFC only runs through December, but with the government shut-down, it was pushed to January,” said Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Rice, an operating room nurse and chair of the clinic’s CFC Committee.
Though lasting only several hours, the cook off attracted hundreds of guests and donations, said Rice.
“Going into the holidays our goal was to end strong and beat what we raised last year,” he said. “And with this final push we have far exceeded our goal.”
Guests sampled 12 entries in the cook-off, with Navy Lt. Elizabeth Angelo turning in her winning chocolate adobo recipe.
“I really don’t know how I won,” said Angelo. “I didn’t really follow any recipe and my own chili is too hot for me.”
The event was a great success with participation from many Cherry Point service members, said Angelo.
“I really just wanted to support the CFC,” said Angelo. “A lot of Marines and Sailors stopped by and helped out with the cause.”