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Team Lackland donates more than $1.5 million to CFC

By Lilly Flores-Janecek | 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office | Nov. 26, 2007

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LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS — Team Lackland has responded generously to the 2007 Combined Federal Campaign, raising $1,548,525 for various charitable organizations.

The active campaign began Sept. 12 and ended Oct. 27 for permanent party units and organizations. However, basic trainees are still being canvassed and donations can still be made until Jan. 15.

Contributions can be handled through payroll deduction or a one-time gift can be made to CFC, which assists nearly 2,000 charitable agencies that have been prescreened by federal employees for strict eligibility criteria and public accountability standards.

"Team Lackland responded really pretty well," said Lt. Col. Steven Cahanin, CFC campaign manager and 326th Training Squadron commander. "The major organizations all achieved their goals."

CFC is the world's largest and most successful federal workplace charity campaign, with more than 300 CFC campaigns conducted throughout the country and internationally each year.

Pledges made by military servicemembers, federal and postal employees during the campaign season support eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

Colonel Cahanin said his experience heading the CFC campaign was especially rewarding because of the personal stories he heard from people assisted by the CFC.

"It's the first time I have run a campaign this large, and as I went through it I ran into so many individuals who have benefited tremendously from the CFC, and then volunteered as key workers," said Colonel Cahanin.

The 2007 CFC campaign was kicked off a couple of months ago at a breakfast where guest speaker William Moll, chairman of the World Board of the United Service Organizations, or USO, urged Team Lackland to help change the world through a contribution.

"Team Lackland responded with caring generosity and made the 2007 CFC a success," said Master Sgt. Paula Kennicott, 326th TRS section supervisor. "I would like to personally say "thank you to all of the key workers who assisted Lt. Col. Cahanin and me. Their hard work and dedication made this a successful campaign."