2015 Combined Federal Campaign Kicks Off|
Beautiful fall weather, the chance to meet face-to-face with charity representatives and a local talent all made for an excellent turnout Oct. 7 for the Combined Federal Campaign’s annual kickoff event, hosted this year by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
NIDCD organizers welcomed hundreds of NIH’ers to a tent set up in front of Bldg 1. Staff from several nonprofits well-known to the NIH community such as the Children’s Inn, Friends of Patients at the NIH and the Foundation for the NIH stood side-by-side with representatives from groups such as A Wider Circle, Doctors Without Borders USA, American Red Cross, College Bound and Hero Dogs, Inc. Everyone brought messages to share with potential supporters.
NIDCD Executive Officer Timothy Wheeles emceed the kick-off, which featured musical talents Margot MacDonald and NIH’s own a cappella group Nerds in Harmony. The latter sang the National Anthem as the St. John’s College High School color guard presented the colors. With her lush, indie pop-driven vocals, MacDonald sang The Book of Love.
Following opening remarks by NIDCD director Dr. James Battey and NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman, Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, spoke about how donations have helped those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
“There are 48 million deaf and hard-of-hearing people across America,” said Rosenblum. “We help them succeed in many different ways—we made it possible for the Redskins’ football stadium to caption their announcer. We also made it possible for online [streaming], such as Netflix, to be 100 percent captioned.”
This year’s goal for NIH’s CFC effort is $2.2 million, which accounts for nearly half of the $5 million goal set for the entire Department of Health and Human Services. The deadline to donate to your favorite charities is Dec. 15. Visit www.cfc.nih.gov for more information, links to finding a charity or making a donation.