Top 3 (from l): Winning first place in the photo contest was “Combating HIV/AIDS in Peru,” by David Snyder; 2nd place honors went to the Clinical Center’s entry “Habitat Volunteers,” shown with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, photographer Charlotte Goethals, CC Chief Operating Officer Maureen Gormley and NLM director Dr. Donald Lindberg; taking third place was the Center for Scientific Review entry, “Comfort from a Marine,” shown here with CSR acting director Dr. Richard Nakamura.
Event Photos: Bill Branson, Ernie Branson
The fall 2011 Combined Federal Campaign wrapped up with a variety of awareness-raising
events held both on and off campus.
The marquee event was the annual IC Directors’
Challenge, which this year was one part art gallery, one part concert hall and, most importantly, all about giving. Held Nov. 10 in Bldg. 1’s Wilson Hall, it featured winners of an NIH-wide online contest to pick the six photographs
that best captured the spirit of the CFC.
Nearly 3,000 employees cast almost 10,000 votes via the CFC web site. Each IC director
selected one image to represent his or her organization and the spirit of CFC.
NLM is the lead IC this year for NIH’s campaign
to raise $2.4 million. NLM director Dr. Donald Lindberg is himself an accomplished photographer and NLM prides itself on its computer wizardry, so an online photography contest seemed an apt choice.
As a crowd walked around reviewing the ICs’ submissions, chamber music was offered by violist Kirsten Snyder and violinist Bastien Rance of NLM, both of whom are members of the NIH Philharmonia.
In a scene reminiscent of the Oscars, Lindberg
opened envelopes to announce the three honorable mention-winning photographs. The three finalists were draped in burgundy velvet, cloaked in secrecy on gold easels on the room’s stage. As Lindberg read the names of the three top vote-getters, the drapery was removed and the winners were revealed.
|Attendees enjoy the gallery.
- First place, Fogarty International Center, “Combating HIV/AIDS in Peru,” David Snyder, photographer.
- Second place, Clinical Center, “Habitat Volunteer,”
Charlotte Goethals, photographer.
- Third place, Center for Scientific Review, “Comfort from a Marine,” Tom Peterson,
The winners and all submissions can be seen at http://cfc.nih.gov.
Earlier in the fall, three charity fairs spread the word about the campaign while offering employees in the Rockledge cluster, Executive Blvd. and Bldg. 31 a chance to enjoy food, entertainment and a change of pace from the usual lunch. In all, more than 60 nonprofit organizations hosted information tables where employees could learn more about the work they do and how contributions to the CFC benefit their organizations.
|Violinist Bastien Rance of NLM and violist Kirsten Snyder, both of the NIH Philharmonia, entertain guests.
There was a Fall Festival theme at the Neuroscience Center and Rockledge II, with local vendors offering breads, baked goods, fresh produce, flowers and gourmet treats. The Bldg. 31 event, sponsored by the R&W Association, featured a Halloween theme, with many in costume. “We are excited for the chance to bring the campaign to employees in this way—where they can meet the charities
face-to-face and learn more about the great work they are doing,” said Monica
Hanson, a member of the 2011 NIH CFC steering committee.
Especially popular at the Neuroscience Center event was Hero Dogs, which included Fitz, a yellow Labrador retriever, and a service dog-in-training. Hero Dogs trains canine companions
Other charities on hand included the American Red Cross, Friends of the Clinical
Center, the Children’s Inn and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It’s not too late to give to the CFC, so make your contribution