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Eielson Combined Federal Campaign Kicks off with Wing Sports Day

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- The Combined Federal Campaign is possibly the largest single most successful federal fundraising campaign focused on allowing federal employees the opportunity to donate money to charitable organizations.

Each CFC event typically runs for a six-week period between September and December. Pledges made by federal employees during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits and improved quality of life to those less fortunate throughout the world.

CFC is about being a part of something greater than ourselves; it's about giving to others who are in need. I have family members who have been personally touched by organizations listed in the CFC so I dutifully make my donations each year to those organizations that have drastically impacted my nephew's quality of life.

This is my way of doing what is right and good. If every single person on Eielson made at least a small monthly donation, imagine how many more lives can be helped through these charitable organizations.

This year, Eielson's 2009 CFC kickoff event will be combined with the annual 354th Fighter Wing Sports Day event on Sept. 24. One of the key events during this year's Sports Day is individual participation in CFC. Any federal employee or military member who makes a one-time cash donation or signs up for payroll deduction will be entered into a drawing to win one of several CFC door prizes. This is a great opportunity to start this year's campaign off on the right foot.

Our goal is 100 percent contact across the Iceman team to ensure every military and federal civilian is given the opportunity to participate in the CFC. Last year, Eielson raised $125,014; this year we hope to raise that bar.

Please join the 354th Fighter Wing and the Iceman Team in a little bit of friendly competition and a great CFC kickoff event to build awareness. Maximum participation will help make this year's CFC a best event for Eielson.