The U.S. Department of Commerce officially started their 2009 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) on November 2, with a kickoff in their Hoover Building. Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, provided remarks that encouraged his fellow employees to support the CFC this year. “Due to the economy charitable giving is down, that’s why it is so critical to talk to your colleagues about the importance of the campaign,” said Secretary Locke. “Our support means more than ever,” he said.
ABC7 Sports Director, Tim Brant, provided the event’s keynote address. Mr. Brant talked about how it was his dream to get into the sports journalism business. “There are a lot of others out there with a dream that you are making come true when you support the CFC,” he said.
Other event highlights included:
Remarks from Under Secretary for Intellectual Property, Director United States Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos
A welcome from Commerce’s Campaign Manager, Joseph McKane
Entertainment by the St. John’s College High School Honors Choir
Speeches from two CFC-supported charities
The presentation of Colors by the Armed Forces Color Guard
A Charity Fair that followed the program