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Combined Federal Campaign under way at Tinker

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla -- The six-week 2012 Central Oklahoma Department of Defense Combined Federal Campaign is under way, starting with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. today at the flag pole entrance of Bldg. 3001.

The annual campaign began Wednesday and continues through Nov. 14. The "early bird" deadline is Nov. 2; units that meet their goal early will receive an award. This year's theme is "Back to School!"

Besides the pancake breakfast, other special events are planned and will be announced as details are finalized, CFC Coordinator Stacia Hathorn said Monday.

This year's goal is $2.02 million, the same as last year, she said. A celebration is tentatively planned for Nov. 16 in the event that Tinker AFB meets or surpasses its goal, which it typically does, Ms. Hathorn said. The 2011 goal was exceeded by almost $26,000, she noted.

The CFC, one of only two DOD-sanctioned fund-raising campaigns, enables employees to donate to charities of their choice. The CFC is open to Tinker military, civilians, and central Oklahoma military-affiliated organizations.

Federal employees have contributed almost $7 billion to charities through the CFC since its inception in 1961, ledgers show.

Potential beneficiaries appear in a 66-page guide that includes literally hundreds of national and international charities. The list of charities is extensive, which "provides plenty of opportunity for everyone to support a charity they feel strongly about," Ms. Hathorn said. "It's an awesome opportunity to give back!!"

The categories include United Way of Central Oklahoma and United Way of Norman; community health charities; aging and disabilities charities of America; health, mental health, addiction and crisis intervention organizations; human and civil rights organizations; military family and veterans service organizations; U.S. military support groups; conservation and preservation charities of America; wild- and domestic-animal welfare charities; arts, culture and humanities organizations; human service charities; educational organizations; science and technology research institutes; environmental groups; cancer and other medical research and treatment organizations; sports charities USA; philanthropy, voluntarism and foundations; women, children and family service charities of America; peace and reconciliation charities; Christian and Jewish charities; and African-American, Hispanic and Latino charities.

To designate all or some of your contribution to a charity, simply record that organization's five-digit code number on your pledge form. Any funds contributed to the CFC that are not earmarked will be treated as undesignated funds and distributed to all organizations.