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CFC kicks off in Arnold Hall

Air Force Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould visits representatives from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff at the Academy Sept. 22, 2009. The Humane Society was one of about 40 CFC charities in attendance at the kickoff event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rachel Boettcher)

Air Force Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould visits representatives from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff at the Academy Sept. 22, 2009. The Humane Society was one of about 40 CFC charities in attendance at the kickoff event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rachel Boettcher)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould spoke of areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the help various agencies provided during the 2009 Combined Federal Campaign kick-off at Arnold Hall Ballroom Sept. 22. 

Displays and more than 90 representatives of non-profit groups who aid military members in need assembled for the occasion. The CFC is divided into an umbrella of organizations and independent organizations committed to human health and welfare. 

The 2008 CFC raised nearly $2.2 million from Defense Department member contributions in the Pikes Peak Region. The CFC is an "open to all" effort authorized and endorsed by Congress and the president. 

Donors can give money to a federation, to an organization under a federation or to an independent organization. Undesignated donations are shared among numerous organizations in a campaign directory. 

This year's campaign theme is "iCan." It is based on the philosophy that every federal employ can choose to make a difference through the CFC. 

Pledge forms are offered to all employees during group or one-on-one opportunities. Those who wish to contribute must complete the forms and turn them in to a key worker.

For more information about the 2009 CFC, contact Capt. David Alaniz at 719-333-5086, Keith Oda at 719-333-4811, or Tech. Sgt. Matthew Hummel at 719-333-5006.