|NCI director Dr. John Niederhuber (l) congratulates putting contest winner Dr. Hugh Auchincloss, Jr., NIAID deputy director. NCI Executive Officer Larry Ray looks on.
There is a history at NIH of having the director
of the institute that spearheads a particular year’s Combined Federal Campaign challenge the other directors to do some task. Last year it was Dancing with the Stars, and the year before that it was making basketball free throw shots. On Oct. 16, the challenge was the NIH Directors
Classic—Sink a Putt for CFC! Once again, the weather cooperated as NIH’ers gathered to cheer on their IC in front of Bldg. 1.
The parking lot turned into a mini-golf course complete with Arnold Palmer drinks (lemonade
mixed with iced tea) served at the 19th hole. Bleachers were filled with fans waving pom-poms.
NEI Executive Officer Dave Whitmer came with his own putter and shirt. The players supported
each other with high-fives and cheers. The best score of the match was posted by Dr. Hugh Auchincloss, Jr., deputy director of NIAID, followed
by Dr. Peter Sheridan, NIMH health scientist administrator, and Dr. Roger Glass, FIC director, who tied for second. Dr. Walter Koroshetz, NINDS deputy director, Dr. Joni Rutter, NIDA associate director for population
and applied genetics, and Dr. Michael Gottesman,
NIH deputy director for intramural research, tied for fourth. In addition to bragging
rights, Auchincloss won a basket of motivational
tools to help inspire NIAID CFC giving.
The CFC is off to a great start this season, but still needs your help. For more than 40 years, the CFC has enabled thousands of federal employees to improve the quality of people’s lives locally, nationally and internationally. The organizations that receive funding through CFC provide many services, including helping abused and neglected children, feeding the hungry,
searching for cures to diseases, preserving our natural resources and giving help and hope to those in need.
NIH has raised $10.5 million since 2002, which is both a source of pride and an inspiration to overachieve again this year. The next CFC event will be Nov. 6 at Rockledge. For more information,