U.S. Navy Lt. Theresa Donnelly
U.S. Pacific Command Public Affairs
HONOLULU — The Hawaii-Pacific Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, celebrated the end of its a record campaign season with a recognition ceremony, Jan. 13, at the Sunset Lanai located on Camp H.M. Smith, here.
“We accomplished this achievement through hard work by our key people and volunteers and were able to make face-to-face contact and achieve our goals,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. David Koch, U.S. Pacific Command, and this year’s CFC project officer. “Without those that went the extra yard and above and beyond their normal duties, we would never have achieved so much for those that need our help.”
More than 120 people attended, honoring the people who raised $6.4 million for 2,700 charities, beating the 2008 CFC donation record of $6.3 million.
Despite low participation levels with troops deployed, the team’s worked to ensure face-to-face contact with more than 34,000 donors.
During the campaign, teams assembled 18 kick-off events with 111 speaking opportunities for charities with 1,370 attendees. The PACOM-led team conducted 27 training sessions with 110 speaking opportunities for charities with approximately 1,000 agency and unit individuals, who in turn were responsible for training others as well as accountability of pledge cards and donations.
Agency and project officers promoted the campaign by web announcements, emails, local newspaper articles, commanders’ messages and a Facebook page. Also, the team promoted a newly established online pledging program, resulting in $660,000 in charity dollars.
Most notable were the efforts of U.S. Army- Pacific. The USARPAC team nearly doubled its contributions from $543,000 to $993,473.
Next year, USARPAC will lead the campaign, building on its already successful outreach efforts.
“(USARPAC) did a magnificent job,” said Gloria Uyehara, executive director, Federal Executive Board. “It really takes all of you who stuck your head in people’s offices and accounted for your people, ensuring everyone had the opportunity to help. Thank you so much for your wonderful efforts.”
President John F. Kennedy established CFC by Presidential Executive Order in 1961. 2011’s campaign ran Oct. 3-Nov. 18.