(L - R) Amarillo Meteorologist-In-Charge José Garcia, Electronics Technician/CFC Loan Executive Officer David Wilburn and HMT Stephen Bilodeau. (Photo: WCM Krissy Scotten, NWS Amarillo)
(Nov. 21, 2012) - The National Weather Service forecast office in Amarillo received the prestigious "2012 Fundraiser of the Year" award from the local United Way/Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) of Amarillo/Canyon, Texas. Presented in a special ceremony Nov. 14, the award recognized 22 office staffers who raised $14,170.04. Half of the staffers were also recognized as Leadership Givers for donating at least $1,000.
The Amarillo staff also hosted two cook-outs that helped raise an additional $350.00. The food was donated by the employees and local grocery stores with all funds going directly to the office CFC fund.
Representatives from the United Way of Amarillo/Canyon, employees from the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management and NWS employee family members participated. In addition to the CFC fundraising, the staffers also participated in a Thanksgiving food drive for the High Plains Food Bank; and, a local coat drive for the Eveline Rivers Foundation in Amarillo.
"I could not be more proud of my staff with the generosity, teamwork and leadership they have shown during the CFC Campaign and giving back to the community," said Amarillo Meteorologist-In-Charge José Garcia.
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. It is the largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign in the world.
With more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally, the program raises millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the World.