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Vol. LXV, No. 4
February 15, 2013
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$2.6 Million in Donations
NIH Surpasses CFC Goal

Congratulations are due to all NIH staff. The theme of this year’s Combined Federal Campaign was hope, and employees provided that—with remarkable generosity—to thousands of people in the Washington, D.C., area and beyond.

Customers at the Neuroscience Center’s dessert fair eye goods for sale. A member of Hero Dogs shows affection to a guest at the Neuroscience Center CFC event.
Customers at the Neuroscience Center’s dessert fair eye goods for sale. A member of Hero Dogs shows affection to a guest at the Neuroscience Center CFC event.

In the 2012 campaign, NIH employees far exceeded the agency’s goals, raising more than $2.6 million to support more than 4,500 participating charities. The NIH contributions will go a long way to help these organizations in their many vital roles, from providing basic necessities every day or during extraordinary events like superstorm Sandy to protecting the environment or human rights worldwide.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins said he was delighted and gratified, but not really surprised, by the NIH response. “With our history of charity and our understanding about hope through research, I knew that we would do everything we could to reach out to people in need,” he said.

The success of the recent campaign, led by the National Institute on Aging, depended heavily on the efforts of hundreds of keyworkers and coordinators across the institutes. They were the on-the-ground team encouraging staff to become involved in the campaign. “These NIH employees were the heart of the effort,” said NIA director Dr. Richard Hodes. “What they have done will make a huge difference in the lives of others.”

NIA’s Patrick Shirdon drops in on the charity dessert fair held at Executive Blvd NIA’s Christine Brake (r) pays a visit to the Manna Food Center table, manned by the organization’s development coordinator Therese Lampe

Clockwise, from above: NIA’s Patrick Shirdon drops in on the charity dessert fair held at Executive Blvd.

NIA’s Christine Brake (r) pays a visit to the Manna Food Center table, manned by the organization’s development coordinator Therese Lampe.

The 2012 CFC Catalog of Caring was on display at a fundraiser for Superstorm Sandy, held in the South Lobby of Bldg. 10.

The 2012 CFC Catalog of Caring was on display at a fundraiser for Superstorm Sandy, held in the South Lobby of Bldg. 10.

In the last weeks of the campaign, NIH continued to show its creativity and commitment in a series of fun—and fundraising—events, which featured visits by charities to talk about what they do. At the NIH/CFC Fernwood-Rockledge-Democracy Fair, the Center for Information Technology Band performed valiantly in cold weather. CFC Dessert Week, at various NIH buildings beyond the Bethesda campus, attracted many employees with a sweet tooth. And there was a special NIH Superstorm Sandy Charity and Dessert Fair in the Clinical Center, which focused on charities with a strong role in helping those devastated by the storm’s floods and winds.

In addition, several NIH’ers entered—and a few received received honorable mention—in the HHS CFC Lyric Writing Contest, hoping that Collins would put their words to song. That distinction eventually went to Gary Allen of the Administration for Children and Families, whose poem “We Never Dream Alone” is sung by Collins at http://cfc2012.hhs.gov/contest.asp.


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