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Quantico collects six figures for charity campaign

By Lance Cpl. Samuel Ellis | | January 29, 2014

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Col. David Maxwell presented a check for more than $508,000 to the Potomac Combined Federal Campaign on Jan. 29 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

The CFC is a program that helps federal employees donate to thousands of local, national and international charities. Marine Corps Base Quantico participates with the Potomac CFC and met about 75 percent of their 2013 goal, which according to campaign leaders, was a great accomplishment due to various challenges many families faced during the year.

"The CFC campaign this year has been an interesting one," said Maxwell, commanding officer of Marine Corps Base Quantico. "It was a tough year with uncertainties. We raised more than $500,000 dollars. Over the past three years, the community here has really done an exceptional job."

Tammi Ellis, the Potomac CFC campaign manager, agreed that Marine Corps Base Quantico has had a great reputation for giving to the charity organization, even during a year that included furloughs and a government shutdown.

The Potomac CFC represents more than 21,500 federal government employees and service members in a geographic area ranging from Stafford County to Caroline County and Culpepper to King and Queen County, and encompassing Marine Corps Base Quantico, Fort A.P. Hill and Naval Support Activity Dahlgren, as well as the local and regional U.S. Post Offices.

"Marine Corps Base Quantico has always been one of our best participants," said Ellis. "We were just very grateful for everyone’s generosity during these really tough, uncertain times."

Potomac CFC representatives met with Maxwell and other Marines at the museum to present awards for the 2013 campaign.

The Operation Analysis Division received an award for most donations for a small unit. The award for most donations for a medium unit went to Marine Corps Systems Command. The Basic School received the award for the most donations for a large unit.

The award for greatest percentage participation for a small unit was presented to the Virginia Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary School. The award for greatest percent of participation for a medium unit was given to the Marine Corps Systems Command and Training. Education Command received the award for the greatest percent of participation for a large unit.

Operation Analysis Division received the award for most improved for a small unit. The award for most improved for a medium unit was awarded to the Marine Corps Air Facility. TBS secured the award for most improved for a large unit.

"We had a lot of challenges this year with the government shutdown and furloughs for DOD and civilian employees, so it was very challenging," said Ellis. "Quantico has really been kind of the cornerstone of our campaign."

Visit www.potomaccfc.org, or www.opm.gov/cfc for information on the CFC.

— Correspondent: samuel.l.ellis@usmc.mil


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