Patrick Shirdon, 2010 NIH CFC manager
NIH raised $2.7 million for the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign, far surpassing its goal of $2.3 million. A crowd gathered in Bldg. 1’s Wilson
Hall on Mar. 8 to honor the award recipients
who participated in the NIH effort. The ceremony began with a welcome from NIMH’s Patrick Shirdon, 2010 NIH CFC manager.
“It’s a challenge, but definitely fun,” said Shirdon of his experience in leading the NIH CFC this past season.
Next, NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence
Tabak and NIMH deputy director Dr. Philip Wang thanked the institutes and centers for their diligence throughout the campaign. Christine Williams, who served as HHS CFC manager, presented
Shirdon with the HHS Superlative Award for Outstanding
Guest speaker Linda Washington, local federal coordinating committee chair, presented
NIH with the CFC of the National Capital Area’s Million Dollar
Circle Award. The honor recognizes federal departments and agencies that donate over $1 million to the CFCNCA to help people and communities
|At the CFC 2010 wrap-up are (from l) Linda Washington, local federal coordinating committee chair; Shirdon; Christine Williams, HHS CFC manager; NIMH deputy director Dr. Philip Wang; and NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak.
Washington had only praise for NIH employees, pointing out that even people who could not offer financial help during these difficult economic
times still found other ways to contribute
to the campaign.
“You should be very proud for what you do as federal employees,” she said.
Shirdon, Tabak and Wang also presented awards to keyworkers from each institute. Several honorees
posed for pictures with colleagues.
The ceremony concluded with a video featuring
clips from all of the NIH CFC events, such as NIH director Dr. Francis Collins performing a memorable duet with 6-year-old singing sensation
Kaitlyn Maher.—Setareh Kamali