Team Robins exceeds 2007 CFC goal

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  • By Holly Birchfield
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People at Robins Air Force Base reached deep into their pockets and made a huge difference in the 2007 Combined Federal Campaign.

Robins hoped to raise $1,350,000 in the 2007 campaign. But, as in past CFCs, contributors topped themselves, raising $1,454,000 as of Nov. 13, at 2 p.m.

Mark Shores, 2007 CFC chairman for Robins and the Middle Georgia Area, said he estimates the campaign's final tally will exceed $1.5 million.

"Once again, the men and women of Robins have supported the campaign through their generous contributions," he said.

Paul Nagle, the contractor who operates the local CFC for Middle Georgia's 17 counties, said CFC has always been well supported by the base.

"I love working with Robins in the CFC because all you have to do is step out of the way and they do all of the work," he said.

Mr. Shores said while $1.5 million is a lot of money, the campaign's 2007 bottom line contributions are down by $150,000 from last year's CFC.

The CFC chairman said the decrease is due in part to about 150 senior civil service employees taking an early retirement on Nov. 2. The Office of Personnel Management does not deduct CFC contributions from retired employees' paychecks.

Mr. Shores said a dip in the local housing market may have also contributed to the decrease as people are more cautious about where their money goes.

Despite the decrease, Mr. Shores said the base still did really well.

"Thank you to all of the men and women of Robins for making it possible to have another successful campaign," he said. "We exceeded our goal by $150,000 (3 percent) and all of that money will go to a very good cause."

Bobbie Sellers, a Drug Demand Reduction specialist at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, who has served as s CFC super monitor for AFRC for two years, said her area exceeded its goal of $114,681 by $19, 640.

Ms. Sellers said she thinks this year's CFC went well.

"Speaking for AFRC, everyone stepped up and supported the campaign," she said. "They were very generous in their giving to help other people."

Jennifer Spires, a program support specialist in the 402nd Software Maintenance Group, who was the CFC super monitor for the 402nd Maintenance Wing in the 2007 CFC, said her organization, which earned the Early Bird Award for reaching its organizational CFC goal early in the campaign, did a fantastic job of giving.

"It was a team effort," she said. "We couldn't have done it without all of the group and squadron key workers."

Mr. Shores said people should be mindful of any charities they personally appreciate so they can give to those in the 2008 campaign which will begin Oct. 8.