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CFC preparing to kick-off

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SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

In an effort to introduce members to some of the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign organizations, Team Schriever is kicking-off a CFC event at the fitness center gym and indoor running track from 1 – 4 p.m. Oct. 4.

The kick-off event will feature the traditional information booths set up in the gym, but this year members may also take part in an indoor knockerball tournament.

“Knockerball is the big draw, or the main event,” said Master Sgt. Ryan Laube, 50th Contracting Squadron and installation project officer. “We want to bring awareness (of the campaign) and give people a chance to have some fun.”

Coicidentally, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is including a knockerball tournament as part of its kick-off event as well. Schriever IPOs decided to take advantage and set up a friendly competition.

The tournament winners from each installation will face each other during a mid-campaign event-date, time and location to be determined.

“It’s a break from the typical (event),” Laube said. “Having the competition allows the campaign to bleed over to a Front Range event.”

“Anytime we can get interaction with the bases, that’s a good thing,” added 2nd Lt. Scott Bean, 22nd Space Operations Squadron and IPO.

According to the U.S. Office of Personal Management's website, www.opm.gov, "The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all."

This year’s CFC theme is “Choose your cause.”

“A lot of people think of a charity as one (organization),” Bean said. “The CFC represents a myriad of charities. They represent so many niches and causes that everyone can find something to donate to.”

The CFC active solicitation period is Oct. 11 – Nov. 18. A follow-up portion, where members can still donate but there will be no active solicitation, will be open until Dec. 15.

Bean said one of the major changes to this year’s campaign is there will be no catalogue containing charity information. Members can visit www.rockymountaincfc.org to see a full list of participating organizations.

“We’re really pushing for online donations,” Bean said. “The catalogue has gone away and people can peruse charities (online).”

Both Bean and Laube said the goal for the kick-off event is to help members get information about the charities involved in this year’s campaign so they can make an educated donation decision.

“Find something that speaks to you (and) you think is worthy of supporting,” Bean said. “You can designate exactly where you want your money to go so you know your money is supporting your cause.”

To sign up for the knockerball tournament, contact Laube at 567-6817.

For more information about the 2016 CFC, visit www.rockymountaincfc.org

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