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Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Miss Alabama, Local War Heroes to Speak at NASA Marshall Center's Combined Federal Campaign Rally Oct. 10
What: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will kick off the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign with a rally and charitable agency fair Oct. 10. Media representatives are invited to attend.

The Marshall Center's annual goodwill drive officially began Oct. 1 and will run through Dec. 15. The theme for this year's campaign is “Find Your Passion.” The Marshall Center's CFC effort is part of the Tennessee Valley Combined Federal Campaign -- a joint effort that also includes the Army's Aviation and Missile Command and other federal agencies at Redstone Arsenal and in surrounding Alabama and Tennessee counties.

Who: The "crowning" highlight of the event will be a presentation by the reigning Miss Alabama, Anna Laura Bryan, of Decatur, Ala. As Miss Alabama, her platform is autism awareness. Bryan works with Paws 4 Autism, an organization whose mission is to help the families of children with autism connect to the world through the use of service dogs. Bryan will be available after the rally for autographs and pictures.

Also speaking at the event will be two local heroes, James West and Brandon Johnson, from the Wounded Warrior Project, which raises awareness and provides services to injured military service members. West and Johnson are also part of Still Serving Veterans and the Semper Fi Community Task Force, local organizations that support wounded soldiers.

Representatives from numerous charitable organizations that receive funding from CFC contributions will participate in an agency fair during the rally, talking with Marshall team members about the services their organizations provide.

When: 10 a.m. CDT Wednesday, Oct. 10

Where: Activities Building 4316
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact Angela Storey in the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. 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 and proof of car insurance.

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