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Vol. LXVII, No. 7
March 27, 2015
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Goal Exceeded, Again
CFC Finishes on a High Note

“Think for a moment what you have made possible,” said Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH principal deputy director. “Health care, shelter and food for those who would otherwise go without; tutoring and job training that turn lives around; cleaner air and water; and adopted pets. Those are just a few examples. You have lifted spirits and you have given hope.”

He was describing NIH’s achievements in its 2014 Combined Federal Campaign, which closed at $200,000 over goal at nearly $2.4 million. It’s become a proud tradition for NIH, consistently the highest donor to CFC within HHS and Montgomery County.

CFCNCA director Lou Nistler (l) presents the Million Dollar Circle Award to NIH, accepted by (from l) Dr. Josephine Briggs and Wendy Liffers, NCCIH, and (far r) Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH. Also pictured: Joel Sackett, 2014 HHS campaign manager. Liffers hands off the CFC banner to Tim Wheeles, NIDCD executive officer and 2015 campaign chairman.

Above, from l:
CFCNCA director Lou Nistler (l) presents the Million Dollar Circle Award to NIH, accepted by (from l) Dr. Josephine Briggs and Wendy Liffers, NCCIH, and (far r) Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH. Also pictured: Joel Sackett, 2014 HHS campaign manager.



Liffers hands off the CFC banner to Tim Wheeles, NIDCD executive officer and 2015 campaign chairman.

Photos Above: Ernie Branson

If you noticed that your work area and building became mysteriously inundated with cute puppies, kittens and toddlers last fall, be assured that it was part of a Grand Plan. NCCIH led this year’s CFC at NIH and developed a unique approach for posters and banners. Said Dr. Josephine Briggs, NCCIH director and 2014 campaign co-chair, “We asked, what does everyone love on the Internet—which videos go viral right away? Cute animals and babies. Our tagline was ‘Now that we have your attention, please give to CFC, whose charities include those helping kittens, puppies and kids in need.’”

It was also a theme in this year’s NIH Director’s Challenge. “We invited each IC to make a short, simple video, link to it in their CFC communications and upload it to the new NIH CFC YouTube channel,” said Briggs. For NCCIH’s sample video, one staffer shot it on his iPhone and another furnished Delta, a cat who cavorted with a laser pointer while Briggs delivered her CFC message. Sixteen more ICs made videos, which Briggs called “creative and impassioned” (see www.youtube.com/user/cfcnih).

Dr. Christopher Austin, director of NCATS and a trained opera singer, starred in the NCATS Directors Challenge video.
Dr. Christopher Austin, director of NCATS and a trained opera singer, starred in the NCATS Directors Challenge video.

Another theme was dedication, from the wide array of IC CFC events such as “Baking It Possible” (the Clinical Center), “A Taste of NIMH” and “Jail or Bail” (ORS/ORF) to the more than 800 keyworkers who toiled throughout NIH this year.

The results? Very impressive, said Wendy Liffers, campaign manager and NCCIH executive officer. “Every staff member at NIH who gave, and each dollar that he or she gave, grew the whole to ‘Make It Possible’ for those in need,” she said.

A closing ceremony for the 2014 campaign on Mar. 4 recognized special achievements. The National Capital Area office of CFC awarded the Million Dollar Circle Award to NIH and 5 categories of awards to 35 ICs or IC units for high participation rates and/or per-capita donations. Tabak delivered remarks on behalf of co-chair NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, who, although not able to attend, sent his heartfelt thanks; once again, “our community rose to the challenge and made a difference in the lives of so many,” Collins wrote in an email.

“Who made it possible?” said Briggs, closing the ceremony. “All of you. Once again, NIH responded, demonstrating its famous generosity of spirit. I’m so proud of our caring community.”

 


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