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Vol. LIX, No. 4
February 23, 2007
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Campaign a ‘Slam Dunk’
2006 CFC Sets Record for Donations, Participation

  Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIDCR director, verifies the beard is real. NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni pledged to grow a beard if CFC contributions exceeded last year’s total of just over $2 million.  
  Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIDCR director, verifies the beard is real. NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni pledged to grow a beard if CFC contributions exceeded last year’s total of just over $2 million.  
The 2006 NIH Combined Federal Campaign recently came to a close having raised a record $2.1 million for charity, surpassing the $1.6 million goal. This year’s campaign also broke a record for participation with a greater percentage of employees giving to the CFC than ever before.

In 2005, NIH’ers contributed just over $2 million to the annual charity drive. Last fall, in order to spur the campaign to new heights, NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni pledged to grow a beard if employees topped that total.

What emerged on his cheeks in early January was a silvery stubble that he said “felt like a Brillo pad. It was hard on my wife.” Growing a beard, he said, “was difficult. I had never done it before. But it was fun. I think it’s a really tangible way to say thank you to the employees. I think Larry [Tabak, NIDCR director, whose institute led the CFC charge this year] did a fantastic job.”

Gathered in the first floor lobby of Bldg. 1 to celebrate a “slam dunk” CFC campaign are (from l) Tabak, whose institute led this year’s campaign; NIDCR’s Carol Beasley; Zerhouni; NIDCR’s Thomas Murphy; and CFC facilitator Kristin Oliver.

Gathered in the first floor lobby of Bldg. 1 to celebrate a “slam dunk” CFC campaign are (from l) Tabak, whose institute led this year’s campaign; NIDCR’s Carol Beasley; Zerhouni; NIDCR’s Thomas Murphy; and CFC facilitator Kristin Oliver.

NIDCR hosted several basketball-themed events that drew hundreds of participants. NIH’ers enjoyed music, food, and basketball free-throw contests with the “Divas and Dudes” cheering squad on hand to root for contestants.

Free-throw winners received a basketball signed by Gary Williams, head coach of the University of Maryland men’s team, and an iPod for a deserving keyworker or contributor in their institute.

IC directors got into the act with their own free-throw competition that was held in front of Bldg. 1 and refereed by Zerhouni, who also participated.

“I didn’t think I could throw anything in the basket and I did three,” he noted. “I was so proud of myself.” NIH Record Icon

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