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NASA Marshall Center Sets Fundraising Record, Pledges More than $615,300 to Combined Federal Campaign for Area Charities
Martin Jensen
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)
News release: 04-291

Employees of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., have set a new center pledging record by raising $615,339 for the annual Combined Federal Campaign. This year's total exceeded the 2004 goal by more than $65,000.

The local Combined Federal Campaign is a joint effort by federal agencies, including the Marshall Center's civil servant and contract personnel, to raise money for charities in Huntsville and its surrounding area. This year's Marshall fundraising campaign goal was $550,000 -- the center's highest target ever -- and featured the theme "You Are Not Alone."

"Each year, members of the Marshall Center workforce play a vital role in supporting local charities," said Barbara Breithaupt, chairman of the Marshall Center campaign. "Donors will be able to see the benefits of their generosity because funds and resources raised go directly to organizations in our community.

"Thanks to all of the Marshall employees who participated in this year's campaign, you are the reason it is successful year after year," Breithaupt added.

Marshall team members also generously gave their time to local charities by helping build handicap accessibility ramps for homes, landscaping the grounds of several non-profit agencies, and staffing the Angel Trees. The benefiting local organizations include Care Assurance Systems for the Aging and Homebound of Madison County, Christmas Charities Year-Round, Hospice Caring House, Special Olympics, Huntsville Hospital, Downtown Rescue Mission, Girl Scouts of North Alabama, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Harris Home for Children, United Cerebral Palsy, and Burritt Museum.

Fundraising in the federal workplace was begun in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order to authorize the U.S. Civil Service Commission to develop guidelines and regulate fundraising in the federal service. Since 1990, the Combined Federal Campaign has collected more than $2.9 billion for charities.