Today, Department of Energy employees took a moment to give back to the Washington, D.C. community by holding our first "DOE Feeds Families Festival" outside of the Forrestal Building.
Highlights from the event included a dunk tank for some of DOE's top officials (featuring NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino, DOE Chief Human Capital Officer Michael Kane, and Senior Advisor Matt Rogers), and OPM Director, John Berry, to name a few. Additionally, Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman and his band "Yellowcake" graced the stage for a rock concert, featuring covers of popular classic rock songs.
The dunk tank's first victim -- thanks to a direct hit scored by Secretary Chu -- was Director of Public Affairs Dan Leistikow. Afterward, a soaked and surprised Leistikow asked: "A Nobel Prize is one thing, but where did that Nolan Ryan fastball come from?"
Below is a slideshow from the festival:
The event served to highlight a summer-long food drive in which DOE's goal is to collect 38,485 pounds of food by August 27, 2010. Feds Feeds Families -- directed by the Office of Personnel Management and started by John Berry last year -- raised well over their goal of 1,000,000 pounds of food. This year's goal is 1,200,000 pounds across the Federal Government nationwide. The food from DOE's event will be given to Capital Area Food Bank to replenish food supplies during the summer months. Thousands of low-income families in the National Capital Area are afflicted by hunger this summer and depend upon the support of Federal employees and contractors.
Andy Oare is a New Media Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Energy