Awards Ceremony Held March 7
National Institutes of Health (NIH) employees celebrated months of hard work and the end of the 2012NIH Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) with an awards ceremony on March 7. The primary cause for celebration – NIH once again more than met its CFC goal. Far surpassing its 2012 target of $2.2 million, the generous and compassionate community of NIH raised over $2.6 million to support the 4,500 charities participating in the CFC.
The ceremony got underway as the St. John’s College High School Color Guard presented the colors. The group was followed by NIH Clinical Center employee, Alice “Frankie” Smyth, who sang the national anthem.
The NIH “Million Dollar Circle” performance was recognized, with an award presented to NIH Director Dr. Frances Collins and Dr. Richard Hodes, NIA Director, whose institute led the NIH campaign. Judy Christian, representing the CFC of the National Capital Area, said, in bestowing the honor, the NIH is unique in its enthusiasm and support for those in need, across the agencies and organizations sponsoring CFC campaigns. NIH is the best “not only because of the amount of money you raise, but also the manner in which you raise it,” she said.
Dr. Hodes and Dr. Collins commended NIH employees as well. Dr. Hodes noted, as he has through the campaign, that the 2012 theme of “give hope” was a natural fit with the NIH mission to help improve health and well-being for people of all ages. He specifically thanked NIA Director of Management, Patrick Shirdon, for outstanding management, with his NIA team, of the campaign day-to-day.
Dr. Collins, who chaired the HHS-wide campaign with the leadership of Dr. L. Michelle Bennett, NHLBI Deputy Scientific Director who served as Campaign Manager, remarked that he “didn’t want to fall down on the job” as Chair of the DHHS/CFC campaign, and proudly noted that the Department’s campaign goals were passed, thanks in large measure to the contributions of NIH staff. The Department’s goal of $5 million was exceeded impressively, as a total of $5.9 million was raised by all divisions of HHS.
Following his remarks, Dr. Collins sang and performed with his guitar the winning entry for the HHS-CFC sponsored Lyric-Writing Contest. More than 80 lyrics had been submitted by HHS employees. The poem “We Never Dream Alone,” written by Gary Allen of the Administration for Children and Families, was set to music by Dr. Collins.
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Shirdon turned the reins of the CFC campaign over to colleague Keith Lamirande, Executive Officer of the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), who will manage the NIH CFC campaign in 2013.
Several institutes, centers, and individuals were recognized for their contributions to the 2012 NIHCFC:
NIH Achievement Awards:
Office of Research Services/Office of Research Facilities
NCI Center for Cancer Research
CFC Merit Award (achieving at least 50% participation or $125 average per capita gift):
Center for Information Technology
NIH Center for Scientific Review
National Institute of Nursing Research
NIH Office of the Director
NCI Office of the Director
CFC Honor Award (achieving at least 60% participation or $175 average per capita gift):
National Institute on Aging
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
CFC Chairman’s Award (achieving at least 67% participation or a per capita gift of $225)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
NIH Clinical Center
National Eye Institute
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Library of Medicine
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute of Mental Health
CFC President’s Awards (achieving an outstanding 75% or more participation or $275 or more per capita gift):
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Fogarty International Center
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis
NCI Division of Cancer Biology
NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Science
NCI Division of Cancer Prevention
NCI Division of Extramural Activities
NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
A number of individuals and organizations contributing to the success of the 2012 NIH CFC campaign were recognized as well:
Diane Sullivan, NIH Payroll Final Authorizers Unit, for processing pledges through payroll deduction.
Hope Madsen, representing the NIH Federal Credit Union, for the Credit Unions continued support of the NIH CFC.
Randy Schools, president, NIH Recreation and Welfare Association, and R&W staff Kallie Wasserman and Hewan Belay, for sponsoring and organizing numerous activities to support the CFC.
Christine Brake and Monica Hanson, CFC experts, for managing coordinator and keyworker activities.
Congratulations and thank you to the Institutes and Centers that have reached or exceeded their IC CFC goal!
Please note: Payroll deduction pledges for the Fall 2012 CFC will take effect in the pay period that began on Sunday, January 13, 2013, which will be reflected on your Friday, February 1, 2013, pay slip
HHS Lyric Writing Contest : The Results Are In
Congratulations to Gary Allen from ACF for the winning submission “We Never Dream Alone”.