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Col. James Harp, Combat Center Chief of Staff, presents the Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group the Bronze Award during the Combined Federal Campaign Kick-off luncheon at the Frontline Restaurant, Sept. 9, 2016. The CFC gives the Bronze Award when a unit has had 50 to 60 percent participation or $50 to $65 per capita giving. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dave Flores/Released)

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CFC kicks off with luncheon

16 Sep 2016 | Lance Cpl. Dave Flores Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Combat Center Combined Federal Campaign representatives held a luncheon at the Frontline Restaurant here Sept. 9, 2016, to speak with Combat Center leadership on how to achieve 100 percent contact and awareness of the CFC among Marines and sailors across the base.

CFC is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations. More than 300 CFC campaigns held throughout the country and internationally help raise millions of dollars annually. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season, which runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 15, support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. Donors can choose which organization receives their donations when they make their pledges.

“Every one of us relies on charitable campaigns,” said Beverly Caires, campaign manager, CFC. “It’s important to reach the Marines and sailors in attendance so they can take the message back to the Marines they are in charge of. These charities rely on donations; if we don’t help them, they can’t help us.”

During the luncheon, Col. James Harp, Combat Center Chief of Staff, awarded three units with the bronze award for their efforts during the 2015 CFC. Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, 23rd Dental Company, and Marine Corps Logistics and Operations Group all achieved 50 to 65 percent participation, or $50 to $65 per capita giving in fiscal year 2015.

Additionally, Ramon Vargas-Ortiz, adjutant, G-1 Manpower, received the National CFC Hero Award for his support and dedication during the 2015 campaign.

While the Marines and sailors ate lunch, they discussed different ideas and strategies to inform their Marines and raise awareness of the campaign.

“We want to hold a squadron movie day to inform our Marines about what they can do to help,” said 1st Lt. Maria Medrano, adjutant, Marine Wing Support Squadron 374. “If we can reach the 100 percent contact, the base as a whole can donate more money did last year.”

According to Caires, the Combat Center raised nearly $160,000 for the CFC in fiscal year 2015.

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