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CFC Ends with Record Total of Contributions

After months of fundraising for charities, the NIH 2001 Combined Federal Campaign has drawn to a close. A concluding CFC awards ceremony and reception took place on Mar. 7 to commend the efforts of those who led the campaign to success. Attending were CFC deputy coordinators, assistant coordinators and others who played key roles in the campaign.

At the recent CFC award ceremony were (from l) Christine Williams, director of the Office of Healthcare Information, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, NIH acting director; and Martha Pine, NIGMS associate director for administration and operations.

In her opening remarks, NIH acting director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein reported that the NIH CFC raised $1.6 million, exceeding its goal of $1.3 million. She recognized the NIGMS staff, led by Martha Pine, associate director for administration and operations, for their success in managing this year's campaign. Assisting Pine throughout the campaign was her secretary, Sue Thompson. Kirschstein said, "[NIGMS'] innovative approach to goal-setting and their creative publicity activities enabled virtually all NIH components to reach their CFC goals."

Christine G. Williams, director of the Office of Healthcare Information at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, presented Kirschstein with the Pacesetter Award, the highest honor the National Capital Area CFC gives to a large campaign. The award recognizes a gain of at least 4 percent in collections over the previous year. NIH far surpassed this level, taking in 11 percent more than last year.

The ceremony continued with the presentation of the Merit, Chairman's, President's, and Honor Awards. These went to several institutes, centers and offices that met or exceeded their goals by the end of the campaign. Others received CFC tote bags containing plaques for deputy and assistant coordinators and certificates for keyworkers.

The event ended with a raffle drawing for coordinators, keyworkers and donors. Prizes included tickets to a Kennedy Center performance, Washington Wizards tickets and gift certificates to Best Buy.

Pine, listens to remarks offered by her secretary, Sue Thompson.

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