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Tennessee Valley Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff Sept. 19
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Kim Henry
U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command
(Phone: 256.842.0561)

Media advisory: M06-104

What: The Tennessee Valley Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), an annual initiative by federal and military personnel to raise money for charities, will kick off Sept. 19 at a joint event. In addition to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the Army's Aviation & Missile Command, more than 30 other federal agencies at Redstone Arsenal as well as other surrounding counties in Alabama and Tennessee will participate in the campaign. With a Tennessee Valley area campaign goal of $1.8 million, the CFC event will open with a campaign challenge from speakers Maj. Gen. Jim Pillsbury, commander of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command and Redstone Arsenal and Tennessee Valley CFC chairman; Charles Chitwood, deputy director of the Marshall Center; Brian O'Brady, vice president of the Tennessee Valley Authority Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, Ala.; and Col. John Olshefski, Garrison commander at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.

The event will highlight this year's theme, "Compassion In Action," and will include entertainment by Madison County's Sparkman High School Junior Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps drill team and the Blue Notes, an a cappella singing group of Huntsville police officers.

An agency fair, showcasing more than 50 Tennessee Valley area charitable organizations, will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the charities that will benefit from the CFC drive. A display of classic cars and a motorcycle display by the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Alabama are included in the fair attractions.

Where: NASA's Picnic Area, Redstone Arsenal

When: Tuesday, Sept. 19
10-11 a.m. CDT -- Opening ceremonies
11 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Charitable organizations fair -- to feature charitable organization exhibits, classic car and motorcycle display

To Attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact Angela Storey at 256-544-0034 no later than 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18. Media must report to the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications, vehicle registration and proof of car insurance.

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