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Combined Federal Campaign Opening Event Hits a High Note

October 13, 2011 - 10:00am


Secretary Steven Chu invites Energy Department employees to take part in this year's annual giving drive.

The Combined Federal Campaign, a workplace charitable giving drive for employees in the federal government,  hit a high note recently with its opening event in Washington, drawing employees from across the Department.

The event, which celebrated this year’s theme, “Topping the Charts by Giving,” featured video remarks from Secretary Chu, as well as representatives from 20 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) supported charities and upbeat entertainment from several department employees.

“Every year, Energy Department employees show their generosity and change millions of lives through the Combined Federal Campaign,” Secretary Chu said via video. “When you make a donation to CFC you provide help and hope to those in need. Please join me in supporting this important cause.”

This year’s goal is ambitious: Department organizers hope to raise $1,525,000 to aid local, national and international charities that provide health care, medical research, disaster relief and housing assistance, among many other services, to those in need.

John Lazar, executive director of the CFC’s National Capital Area, is hopeful, “I have every confidence that the Energy Department will reach its goal and more.”
Jackie Felton-Wilson, an executive assistant in Under Secretary for Science Steven Koonin’s office, plans to do her part. “It’s important to have compassion for your fellow man and this is really about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you,” she said.

In his remarks, Bill Brinkman, Director of the Office of Science and vice chair of the 2011 Energy Department CFC, noted that there are many ways employees can give to the Combined Federal Campaign, including by cash, check, credit card, debit card or e-check.
“And this year, for the first time, headquarters employees can sign up through the CFC website for a paperless payroll deduction,” Brinkman said.

This is a historic year for the campaign as a whole, which has been around longer than the department itself.

“Going back to the administration of John F. Kennedy, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the CFC, which has become the world’s largest and most successful workplace charity campaign – thanks to the generosity of federal workers like those in the Energy Department,” Department of Energy CFC Campaign Manager Peter Lincoln said.

NNSA Procurement Analyst Kim Gallegos is one of those generous workers – she is volunteering for the campaign again this year and plans to donate as well. “It’s a very good cause with a lot of great charities to choose from. For us to be able to contribute to the community – it’s really a great honor."

For more information about the 2011 Energy Department Combined Federal Campaign, please visit