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Vol. LXIII, No. 25
December 9, 2011
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CFC Fall Effort Ends with Photo Contest, Special Events

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 third place was the Center for Scientific Review entry, “Comfort from a Marine,” shown here with CSR acting director Dr. Richard Nakamura.

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
Attendees enjoy the gallery.

They are:

  • 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, photographer.

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.
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 for veterans.

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 today. NIHRecord Icon


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