Originally created 09/09/04

Agencies get messages out at CFC kickoff



Dana Putnam wanted to get a message out.

"The Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy is more than just Phinizy Swamp," said Ms. Putnam, one of several spokesmen at an agency fair before the Central Savannah River Area Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Sept. 1 at Alexander Hall.

"We want them to know about our mission with education and research," she said.

About a dozen charities were represented at the fair.

"Now, more than ever - every family that stays at the Fisher House stays free - we rely on more contributions to help maintain and operate the Fisher House," said Francisco Cruz, the Fisher House manager, who set up a table with information about the house.

Workers from all branches of government, including the military, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers gathered at Fort Gordon to kick off the annual campaign. This year's campaign goal is $640,000, with Fort Gordon planning to raise $360,000.

The CFC is the only fund-raising campaign the government allows its workers, said Angi McCall, the CFC coordinator.

She said the agency fair before and at the completion of the kickoff ceremony gave CFC charities "more exposure" and a chance to get their message to the federal workers.

The ceremony included a video about the importance of donating to the CFC and how donations help those in need.

There are hundreds of charities included in the CFC with services ranging from medical research to disaster assistance.

"All of the charities have passed very strict guidelines," said Jim Pinkerton, of television channel WAGT and one of the masters of ceremonies.