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Combined Federal Campaign kick-off event 
By 1st. Lt. Miranda Summers Lowe 
District of Columbia 

Combined Federal Campaign Kick-off Welcomes Charities to D.C. Armory By 1st. Lt. Miranda Summers Lowe The District of Columbia National Guard started their participation in the Combined Federal Campaign with a kick-off event in the D.C. Armory Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, gave opening remarks before DC Guardsmen had a chance to visit with representatives from over a dozen philanthropies participating in CFC in an information fair held on the drill floor. "All these services, along with the D.C. National Guard, we are all working together-and giving together-- for a great cause." said Maj. Gen. Schwartz. The D.C.N.G. has set a goal of $33,600 in promised charitable contributions and 100% contact made by Nov. 18.  Combined Federal Campaign officially ends Dec. 15. "In this economy, we are some of those who have good enough jobs this year that we can give back." Said Air Force Maj. Todd Riner, CFC campaign manager for the D.C.N.G. "We have been fortunate and have the capability to help those who have been less fortunate." There are over 4,100 organizations participating in National Capital Region CFC to choose from.  Service members can chose from payroll deduction, one-time payments and online giving at www.cfcnca.org.  There is also a way for those who wish to remain anonymous to do so while still giving the D.C.N.G. participation credit. This year's CFC campaign volunteers include Air Force Maj. Todd Riner, campaign manager, Air Force Capt. Chuck Hagen, alternate campaign manager, Warrant Officer 1 Shannon Yancey, and Army 2nd Lt. Deodato Louissaint.  Each unit has a key worker to coordinate CFC contributions. CFC was started in 1961 by President Kennedy to coordinate giving for federal workers, encourage involvement in the community and reduce the frequency of charitable drives interrupted workplace activities.  It has become the Nation's leading workplace giving program.  Last year, national capital region CFC gave over $67 million to those in need.