News: Pentagon wall emphasizes Navy’s commitment to Combined Federal Campaign
Story by Joseph P Cirone
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A ceremony unveiling a permanent wall display inside the Pentagon on Nov. 15, emphasizes the Navy’s commitment to the Combined Federal Campaign and marked the mid-point of the CFC 2010 fundraising.
Under Secretary of the Navy Robert O. Work cut the ceremonial ribbon and led the display’s unveiling. The display includes plaques given by the CFC organization to the Navy for its highly successful fundraising efforts. Also on the wall are perpetual plaques listing the winners of CFC awards earned by naval commands for meeting or exceeding fundraising goals and imagery depicting Navy and Marine Corps people in action at home and abroad.
“The Department of the Navy has won so many CFC awards over the years that we wanted a place to display them,” stated Adelle Dantzler Williams, the Navy’s CFC administrator.
Williams explained that while the display is permanent, it will have new images and goal award winners added yearly, making it a living display.
Members of the Navy Band and a Joint Navy-Marine Corps Honor Guard performed at the ceremony, which was attended by military and civilian personnel from the Navy, Joint Staff, other Pentagon-based offices and naval commands from throughout the National Capital Region.
Navy personnel were selling baked goods at the event, with the proceeds going to the CFC. Other fundraising efforts have included creative and fun events encouraging personnel to donate, including chili cook-offs, hot dog sales, bingo and even “Ship-mopoly,” a derivative of a popular board game.
A representative group of organizations benefitting from the CFC were on hand to answer questions and raise awareness about their programs.
At an Armed Services YMCA information table, Joyce Scott of Severn, Md., said, “I was looking at this beautiful blanket they handmade for sick children.”
The quilt blanket, featuring bright colors and family photographs printed on cloth panels, is one of 300 to 400 hand sewn by volunteers around the country on a monthly basis. The blankets are provided to children of military personnel deployed around the world, as part of the Kid Comfort program, explained YMCA staffer, Jennie Mixon.
Scott, a CFC contributor for 18 years, said she gives to help less fortunate people. “I do it through payroll deduction. God said we are our brother’s keeper.”
Williams said the Navy has reached approximately 38 percent of its fundraising goal. “Contributions are voluntary. We want to ask 100 percent of the people and give them a chance to contribute,” she reported. “We have until December 15.”
Work encouraged personnel to take time in the remaining month of the campaign to look through the many CFC charities and consider contributing.
“With so many worthwhile charities out there, it is hard to pick,” Scott commented. “It’s God’s mandate to us to help pick each other up. We never know when we might be in need.”
For more information or to contribute to the CFC, contact the volunteer keyworker or campaign worker in your command or go to http://www.opm.gov/cfc/donors/