Fort Gordon honors 2013 CFC workers; post raises $368,534
Fort Gordon celebrated the wrap-up of its 2013 Combined Federal Campaign with a recognition luncheon and ceremony Feb. 5 at the Fort Gordon Catering and Conference Center, announcing that more than $360,000 was donated during the installation’s campaign.
The master of ceremony, John Curry, the Fort Gordon deputy to the garrison commander, gave special recognition to Patricia Camacho, the installation CFC officer, for her leadership and guidance during this year’s campaign. “This is a special day,” Curry said. “It is always good to be part of America’s armed forces, but today is special. This is a day to celebrate the generosity of our friends and co-workers at Fort Gordon. Most of all, this is a day to celebrate the great good that will result from these generosity which will help cure diseases, help the hungry, house the homeless, and provide relief to the victims of disasters.”
After his remarks, Curry introduced the guest speaker, Brig. Gen. John Morrison Jr., the 7th Signal Command (Theater) commanding general, who announced how much money was raised and talked about the importance of the campaign.
“I would like to give special thanks to Ms. Pat Camacho who has led this effort for Fort Gordon and all those dedicated people who made this event so special today,” Morrison said.
“Charles Dickens once said that, ‘No one is useless in this world that lightens the burdens of another.’ When you think about the CFC, it’s about lightening the burdens of others,” the general added.
Morrison explained how CFC came about through an executive order of President John F. Kennedy. “It’s been around a long time,” Morrison said. “It is one of the largest and most successful fundraising campaigns conducted worldwide. The CFC receives contributions from thousands of service members and civilians.”
“As you all know, CFC provides help and assistance to millions around the world,” he added. “Donations may be designated to local, national, and international agencies supporting medical research and education, providing food, shelter, or medical care for the less fortunate, or supporting the arts. I had to say that because my wife is here, and she works for the Augusta Symphony [Orchestra].”
“When I think about this particular CFC and I am especially proud and humbled to be part of the Fort Gordon community,” he explained. “Despite all the challenges we faced with this year, actually suspending the campaign for a while, and facing furloughs and the sequestration. More than 2,000 military and civilian employees from Fort Gordon contributed $368,534 to worthy causes.
“We made 92 percent of our goal,” he said. “That is a fundamental number. It tells how generous the Fort Gordon community is and today we are going to recognize a great number of folks who made this a wonderful event.”
The general was joined by Toney Cross, CFC coordinator, United Way of Central Savannah River Area, in presenting certificates and CFC coins to the Soldiers in the installation CFC organization cell. They were Staff Sgt. Joe Marin of the 369th Signal Battalion, Headquarters and A Company; Staff Sgt. Anthony Griffin of the 551st Signal Battalion, Headquarters and A Company; and Sgt. Bobbie Goolsby from the 513th Intelligence Battalion.
Also receiving recognition were specific key workers. According to Curry, this recognition was not based on how much money the key workers raised, but on what the key person did that was above and beyond the minimum. Staff Sgt. Bruce Cozine of the 15th Regimental
Signal Brigade was named the third runner up; Navy Chief Petty Officer Kristina Koch of the Navy Information Operations Command Georgia was recognized as the second runner up; Staff Sgt. Michael Brodbeck, assigned to Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, was named the first runner up; and Sgt. Sgt.1st Class Lawrence Strickland of the 551st Signal Battalion was recognized as the super key worker.
The “Bronze” level units were recognized for 35 percent employee participation or $25 - $74 per capita gift and the “Silver” level units received recognition for 45 percent employee participation or $75 - $124 capital gift. The “Gold” level units were recognized for 55 percent employee participation or $125 - $174 per capita gift and the “Platinum” level units were singled out for over 65 percent employee participation or over $175 per capita gift.
Departments or agencies that had at least a 10 percent increase in paperless pledge donations between 2012 and 2013 campaign years with a minimum of 10 paperless payroll deductions received the E-giving award. The Outstanding Unit Support Award, the Best Overall Category, and the CFC Spirit Award were also presented.
Before concluding, Curry said there wasn’t enough time to recognize everyone who helped with the campaign, but certificates of appreciation and a CFC coin would be given out to each person after the ceremony.