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Vol. LXII, No. 24
November 26, 2010
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CFC Directors Challenge Focuses on Fun, Competition

Dr. David M. Knipe Dr. David M. Knipe

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Taking Jeopardy-style questions in a rematch from last year are (from l) NHLBI’s Dr. Carl Roth, NCI’s Jason Donaldson, NHGRI’s Dr. Andy Baxevanis and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins.

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Enthusiastic cheerleaders enjoy the battle of wits.

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Which directors will be crowned Jeopardy champs? NIMH director Dr. Thomas Insel (l), NINDS director Dr. Story Landis (c) and Collins vie for the title.

Which directors will be crowned Jeopardy champs? NIMH director Dr. Thomas Insel (l), NINDS director Dr. Story Landis (c) and Collins vie for the title.
A rematch of last year’s Combined Federal Campaign IC Directors Jeopardy Challenge was held Oct. 28 in front of Bldg. 1. An enthusiastic crowd responded to the smell of fresh popcorn and the hint of fall weather as they cheered on their directors. Adding to the eclectic tie-dye theme were beach balls, pom poms and a Jeopardy cake.

Guest speaker Mark Bergel, founder and executive director of the non-profit organization A Wider Circle, also got everyone into the giving spirit of the CFC with a few inspiring words. A Wider Circle’s mission is to help children and adults lift themselves out of poverty by providing beds and other basic items to families moving out of shelters or living in neglected neighborhoods.

“The CFC replaces hopelessness with hope,” said Bergel. “You are saving life after life.” A Wider Circle was one of six charities at the event, continuing the NIH tradition to combine a fun activity with a spotlight on organizations benefiting from CFC donations.

Dr. David M. Knipe  
Collins and IC directors gather for their annual CFC challenge event. Competitors were divided into four teams: Vermillion, Turquoise, Magenta and Periwinkle. Magenta eventually won the contest.  

Four teams combined to tackle contest categories. Teams included NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and NIMH director Dr. Thomas Insel, who is also serving as vice-chair of the 2010 NIH CFC. The challenge consisted of three rounds with questions about NIH history, basic anatomy and a special category titled “Dr. Ruth” about NIH’s own Dr. Ruth Kirschstein.

Owing to the wide variety of “buzzer” skills, the line between audience and contestants disappeared as the audience shouted out answers in the final Jeopardy moments.

NIMH’s Patrick Shirdon (l), 2010 CFC NIH campaign manager, greets three masked NIH’ers during the Halloween party held Oct. 29 on Bldg. 31A’s patio.  
NIMH’s Patrick Shirdon (l), 2010 CFC NIH campaign manager, greets three masked NIH’ers during the Halloween party held Oct. 29 on Bldg. 31A’s patio.  

"The only thing better than the weather was the fun and competition among the directors—and all to benefit so many great charities,” concluded NIMH’s Patrick Shirdon, 2010 CFC NIH campaign manager.—

R&W Halloween Party, Farmer’s Market Round Out Successful CFC

“Ten Combined Federal Campaign charities and warm chili kept NIH employees busy and cozy at the R&W Halloween Party hosted Oct. 29 on Bldg. 31’s patio. Adding to the entertainment were the inventive—and just plain strange—Halloween costumes. Charities represented at the event included the Foundation for NIH, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Angel Flight and National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc. The latter group, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that provides animal-assisted activities and therapy services, has been involved with NIH for 20 years. Representing the organization at the Halloween party was volunteer John Burrows with his dog Sophie. “It’s a really rewarding experience,” he said of working with NIH.
The Farmer’s Market event at Rockledge II on Nov. 9 drew more than 500 attendees.
The Farmer’s Market event at Rockledge II on Nov. 9 drew more than 500 attendees.
Rocking the tie-dyed T-shirts at the Farmer’s Market for CFC are (from l) Katie Finn, Shirdon, Laura Stillman, Kichelle Green and Antoinette Boswell, all of NIMH, which serves as lead IC for the campaign this year.
Rocking the tie-dyed T-shirts at the Farmer’s Market for CFC are (from l) Katie Finn, Shirdon, Laura Stillman, Kichelle Green and Antoinette Boswell, all of NIMH, which serves as lead IC for the campaign this year. Below, NIH CFC committee volunteers include (seated, from l) Marsha Love and Louise Marshall, and (standing from l) Monica Hanson, Randy Schools and Setareh Kamali.
NIH CFC committee volunteers include (seated, from l) Marsha Love and Louise Marshall, and (standing from l) Monica Hanson, Randy Schools and Setareh Kamali.
The CFC event calendar continued Nov. 9 with the Farmer’s Market at Rockledge II, where more than 500 employees turned out.
At the Halloween event, NIH CFC committee members Kallie “Elmo” Wasserman (l) of the R&W and Stillman mug for the camera.
At the Halloween event, NIH CFC committee members Kallie “Elmo” Wasserman (l) of the R&W and Stillman mug for the camera.

“It’s a cool, crisp fall day,” said Patrick Shirdon, 2010 CFC NIH campaign manager. “We have great vendors, over 20 charities and we are working hard to meet our goal.”

This final CFC event was a true fall feast with funnel cake, hot chocolate, apple cider and lunch choices from Ledo’s or Chick-fil-A. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the AIDS Research Foundation and Aid for Africa organization were among several CFC charities in attendance. Vendors Yoder’s Green House, All Things Olive, Upper Crust Bakery and Two Acre Farm sold everything from plants to fresh produce and baked goods.

NIH could not have asked for a better way to end CFC events for 2010. However, there is still time to give. Look for your IC’s CFC special events.—


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