PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Navy Region Hawaii (NRH) celebrated the end of the 2010 Hawaii-Pacific Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) on board the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor Jan. 19.
To date, employees from 104 different federal agencies located on the Hawaiian Islands and Guam have contributed nearly $6 million to the Hawaii-Pacific CFC fund.
"Today was the final recognition ceremony ending the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign," said Cmdr. Jeanene Torrance, CFC project officer for NRH. "Basically, the event started back in the beginning of October (2010), and we went through the middle of November (2010) while collecting donations. It took a little bit of time to audit those donations, and today we wanted to celebrate everyone's efforts."
During the ceremony, Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, commander, NRH, and executive agent for the 2010 CFC presented Colby Stanton, vice president of the federal executive board for CFC, with a check for $5,928,142, the total amount collected thus far by the Hawaii-Pacific CFC.
Smith explained the importance of why military, as well as other federal employees, should consider donating to the CFC.
"There are a lot of non-profit organizations out there that are doing good things and because they're non-profit they don't have a huge source of revenue or income and whether it's organizations that take care of little children, research debilitating diseases, find homes for stray animals or the Missouri Memorial, which perpetuates the history of the Navy; the donations that we make enable those organizations to carry out their mission which they may not be able to do otherwise," said Smith.
The event was held on the Battleship Missouri Memorial to highlight one of the many non-profit organizations that the CFC contributes.
Smith concluded the ceremony by presenting Army Col. Michael Davino, assigned to U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), with a CFC eagle trophy and a $20 bill to symbolize the turning over of next year's Hawaii-Pacific CFC management duties to PACOM.
CFC is a fundraiser that was started in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy and promotes philanthropy through donations given by federal employees to help improve the quality of life for all.
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