Judging the Oct. 18 dance contest are (from l) Clinical Center News editor and former competitive
ballroom dancer Jenny Haliski; Dr. Norka Ruiz Bravo, NIH deputy director for extramural
research; and Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research.
ORS director Dr. Alfred Johnson (l) accepts his 1st place trophy from NHLBI director and 2007 CFC vice chair Dr. Elizabeth Nabel and CFC chair and runner-up NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni, as third place finalist NINDS director Dr. Story Landis (r) applauds.
In the first sign of intramural CFC competition this season, ORS director Dr. Alfred Johnson on Oct. 18 won the first—and possibly last—Combined
Federal Campaign dance championship trophy for his rendition of the cowboy boogie. NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni took second place and NINDS director Dr. Story Landis came in third. Poised on the stair landings in front of Bldg. 1, about 30 institute and center directors, deputies and administrators donned cowboy hats and step-touched their hearts out in the name of charity.
Dawn Wallerstedt of NCCAM holds the voting pole for NIA deputy director Dr. Judy Salerno.
“I’ve been deputy director for intramural research at NIH for 14 years and this is the first time I can recall the IC directors dancing to a tune coming out of Bldg. 1,” quipped NIH deputy
director for intramural research and official dance judge Dr. Michael Gottesman.
He and fellow judges NIH deputy director for extramural research Dr. Norka Ruiz Bravo and Clinical Center News editor and former competitive
ballroom dancer Jenny Haliski made their decision based on a combination of style and technical expertise shown by the contestants, as well as enthusiastic responses generated by the audience.
The contest consisted of three rounds of dancing:
a slow-speed practice, a medium-speed elimination
and a slightly-faster final championship starring the top three dancers. Songs—chosen to reflect this year’s CFC theme, “Have a heart, be a star”—included Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus and Hard on the Ticker by Tim McGraw.
This year’s CFC kickoff was a star-studded outdoor
rally on Oct. 4, featuring former U.S. congressman
and actor Fred Grandy and WMAL radio host Andy Parks. The kickoff was hosted by WJLA medical reporter Kathy Fowler.
Grandy, known for his role as Gopher in the long-running TV show The Love Boat, inspired the audience with a speech about the importance
of charitable giving.
Top: At the Oct. 4 CFC kickoff, WMAL radio host Andy Parks gives remarks, as former U.S. congress-man Fred Grandy looks on.
Bottom: R&W’s Julie Harris and Randy Schools hold the Applause-O-Meter to scientifically measure cheers for the contestants.
Last year’s CFC was enormously successful, but the campaign for 2007 wants to surpass
even the 2006 record of more than $2 million. NHLBI director Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, who is vice chair of NIH’s effort, said the 2007 theme intends to convey that “by giving from your heart to help those in need, you bring light into the lives of others. Through your pledges to the CFC, regardless of their size, the world and our community become a bit brighter and you are indeed the stars.”
During a break in the dancing, CFC chair Zerhouni
recalled the beard he grew as a campaign pledge for record donations last year and challenged
Nabel to negotiate something equally inspiring for NIH’ers to donate in large numbers
this year. Beard. Boogie. All for the cause.
Upcoming NIH CFC events:
- Thursday, Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — NIH’s Own Hollywood Squares Comes to the Rockledge
- Wednesday, Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Executive Blvd. becomes Hollywood Blvd.
For more information on this year’s CFC campaign,