Wing raises more than $15,000 for CFC

Master Sgt. Ted Gladden talks with Ashley Horst, representing Hospice of the Panhan¬dle, during the Combined Federal Campaign kick off Sept. 12 at the 167th Airlift Wing. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Master Sgt. Ted Gladden talks with Ashley Horst, representing Hospice of the Panhan¬dle, during the Combined Federal Campaign kick off Sept. 12 at the 167th Airlift Wing. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

MARTINSBURG -- The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) committee held the annual CFC kickoff in mid-September to raise funds for international, national and local charities that depend on private dollars.

Over $15,000 was raised this year by the wing; nearly doubling the amount pledged in 2011.

Military and civilian employees assigned to the base were invited to participate in a corn-hole competition, take aim at the dunk tank and enjoy a luncheon while supporting the event. Fourteen local vendors - which benefit directly from CFC dollars - were on hand to provide information about their various organizations.

This year's CFC committee was comprised Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Glazer, Master Sgt. Tracy Myers, Master Sgt. Jennifer Tinsman and Staff Sgt. Sherree Grebenstein.

Myers, the wing's retention manager, attributed this year's CFC kickoff success to the multiple efforts of the CFC committee, leadership and the vendors' attendance.

"Day shift raised $588 and night shift raised $67 at the kickoff," Myers said. "The rest has been onetime donations or monthly pledges."

Chief Master Sgt. Gary Breeden, Mission Support Group's newest chief, was convinced by federal and state civil engineering employees to volunteer to make a splash in the dunk tank after a $100 was donated toward the CFC.

"Some members are considering donating something other than money," Myers noted. "One member talked to Big Brothers, Big Sisters about being a Big Brother. Another member talked to Greyhound Rescue about rescuing an animal."

Military and civilian employees can still support the CFC either by making a onetime donation or monthly pledge. Traditional and Active Guard Reserve (AGR) members may pledge a specific amount to be taken from their monthly pay. Full-time civilian employees may have pledges withheld from their pay bi-monthly.

Tinsman will continue to accept donations and pledges until Nov. 29.

Myers said the wing's goal is to raise $50,000 for the CFC. She said the CFC kickoff is planned to be an annual event with an emphasis on supporting charities in a fun and comfortable environment.