Capturing the Spirit of the Combined Federal Campaign
Vol.9 Issue 8

The Aeronautical Center’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), complete with Co-Chairs, Coordinators, and Keyworkers have been working hard to raise awareness of the CFC and the local needs of charities and planning events throughout the campaign which began on October 2, 2023. The CFC Campaign is the largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas, which raise millions of dollars each year. As of the writing of this article, the Aeronautical Center has raised $128,474 with 193 donors.

Several organizations have held fundraising events throughout the campaign, including the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), a tenant of the Aeronautical Center. TSI employee and MMAC Co-Chair, Pat Causey hosted a chili cookoff fundraiser on November 8th. This event brought employees together who had not seen each other in years. This event has not occurred since 2018 and was not previously connected to the CFC prior to this year. A CFC charity, Ability One, was invited to the fundraiser to speak to the attendees.

Because of the event’s success, organizations agreed to reinstitute the chili cookoff as an annual CFC fundraiser. Winners of the cookoff have bragging rights as their names go on TSI’s traveling Chili Hall of Fame "Best in Spoon" award.

D Smith, Aviation Safety Division Manager of the Transportation Safety Institute, inspects the Chili Cookoff table for all the last-minute details
The highly coveted "Best in Spoon" Award is presented to the employee with the best chili recipe in TSI

Throughout the CFC Campaign, various charities set up booths in the Blue Sky Cafe each Wednesday. CFC volunteers worked to organize the Aeronautical Center’s Third CFC Telethon on December 7th. The FAA’s first-ever live CFC telethon occurred in the Headquarters auditorium from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event opened with a welcome from Aeronautical Center Deputy Director, Kevin O’Connor and Chief of Staff, Kim Sheppard. Virtual and in-person attendees had the opportunity to hear from ten different CFC charities. They were treated to musical performances from the MMAC Choir and CFC Co-Chair Carlene Smith’s son, Trevor Renteria. The one-day telethon raised almost $5,000 for multiple CFC Charities. The MMAC CFC Campaign closing date has been extended to Friday, January 12th.

Current MMAC federal and contract employees and FAA retirees can go to to donate. CFC Co-Chair Debbie Uglean stated, "Imagine how much we could help others if even half of the MMAC employees donated $5.00 a paycheck. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference."

Pat Causey, a Senior Airworthiness Investigator at TSI and a 2023 Co-Chair informs employees about the benefits of giving to a CFC charity
Deputy Director Kevin O’Connor kicked off the 2023 CFC Telethon

Air Bear made a surprise visit to the stage during the 2023 CFC Telethon
MMAC Choir sang several Christmas Carols during the Telethon
Debbie Uglean hosted the CFC Telethon and moderated a question and answer session with Center leaders (Pictured L-R) Kevin O’Connor, Justin Cockroft, David Guy, Michelle Coppedge, Kim Sheppard and Debbie Uglean
After the Telethon, Leaders from the Aeronautical Center posed for a photo in support of Debbie Uglean who worked to organize the entire event (Pictured L-R) Justin Cockroft, Kevin O’Connor, Kim Sheppard, David Guy, Debbie Uglean and Michelle Coppedge
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