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LAAFB CFC Drive Kicks Off Oct 12

Col. Frank Simcox, 61st Air Base Group commander, signs his pledge form for this year's CFC campaign as Capt. Kyung Jun looks on. This year’s campaign runs from Oct 13 until Oct. 29. (Photo by Jim Gordon)

Col. Frank Simcox, 61st Air Base Group commander, signs his pledge form for this year's CFC campaign as Capt. Kyung Jun looks on. This year’s campaign runs from Oct 13 until Oct. 29. (Photo by Jim Gordon)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Combined Federal Campaign at Los Angeles Air Force Base kicks off Oct. 12 to offer federal employees an opportunity to support organizations of their choosing from a pool of more than 25,000 non-profits. The LAAFB 2010 CFC drive has a goal of $230,000 and will run for three weeks, concluding Oct. 29. Through the umbrella fundraising drive of the CFC, employees at LAAFB can contribute to organizations providing a wide range of health and human services within local, state, national or international communities.

The act of giving back has been a long practice among government workers, going back as early as the 1940s. The CFC was officially stood up in 1964 with only six major cities participating in the consolidated fundraising efforts. In spring of 1971, the CFC was uniform across all federal government entities and was using payroll deduction to provide ease of contribution to the employees. Today, the CFC runs annually between September and December offering a convenient way for federal workers to contribute to the non-profit organizations that matter to them.

The organizations an individual chooses are usually of a personal nature related to people and events in the person's life. This holds true for 61st Air Base Group Commander Col. Frank Simcox who set the example for LAAFB by completing his pledge form recently, contributing to the American Cancer Society and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. "The organizations I picked are important to me because people in my family have died from heart disease and cancer. My mother is undergoing chemo and has had diabetes all her life," he said.

As leader for the air base group, Simcox is eager for his generosity to be replicated among the military and civilian employees at LAAFB. "I hope by me setting the example, it encourages other folks to do the same and give to these organizations that do great research in the pursuit to eradicate diseases," he said.

The CFC is the largest and most successful workplace charitable drive worldwide. This is due to both the uniform approach to fundraising as well as the strict guidelines organizations must meet in order to be included in the campaign. These strict guidelines ensure federal employee contributions are going to organizations that are not only legitimate, but are also fiscally responsible. This is an important fact, especially in times of economical struggle such as now.

Simcox advises potential donors to look at the campaign brochure and compare overhead rates among the organizations. "Because there are low overhead rates, you can be sure your money is going toward research and not administrative costs," he said.
Simcox will be the officiating party at the kickoff event, representing the 61st ABG as the lead for this year's campaign. The event will run from 12:30 - 2 p.m. and will include informational booths from multiple non-profit organizations in the greater Los Angeles area, contribution tables for attendees to complete pledges onsite, opportunity prize drawings and refreshments. Military and civilian employees and family members are encouraged to attend.