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2008 CFC results set base record

45th Operations Group Superintendent Chief Master Sgt. Frank Evans, Commander Col. Bernie Gruber, Vice Commander Lt. Col. Myron Fortson and First Sergeant Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Lizak fill out their Combined Federal Campaign forms with CFC keyworker Capt. Shannon McKimmie (standing). (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney)

45th Operations Group Superintendent Chief Master Sgt. Frank Evans, Commander Col. Bernie Gruber, Vice Commander Lt. Col. Myron Fortson and First Sergeant Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Lizak fill out their Combined Federal Campaign forms with CFC keyworker Capt. Shannon McKimmie (standing). (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Well, the final 2008 Combined Federal Campaign figures are in. And thanks to many of you - and the hard work of several others - they have never looked better at both Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The 2008 CFC concluded Nov. 13, with amazing numbers and a new record! This year's wing goal was $180,000 with a participation goal of 40 percent. Your contributions smashed the mark at a new wing record of $193,944.67 and 26 percent participation, also an all-time high. The CFC keyworkers truly appreciate the many generous people who have made life-changing donations during this critical time for our nation.

Your donations will immediately go to work to meet the desperate needs of your local community, your nation and even the world. You have helped feed the hungry, support struggling families, fight life-threatening illnesses, give hope to people with disabilities and care to senior citizens. Many of you have even reached across borders to give to those in other countries. The fact that our wing has generously contributed to a successful campaign during a difficult economic period is even more incredible.

The CFC leader here at the Wing certainly feels that way.

"It's amazing that the 45th Space Wing team - and our mission partners - were able to crush all Wing records for participation and monetary contributions even during this time of financial instability," said, Maj. Kyle Beatty, 1st Range Operations Squadron, who also served as the 45th Space Wing's CFC chairperson. "This was made possible by the incredible efforts of all the CFC key workers and the selfless generosity of over one thousand contributors. And I'd like to give a special thanks to my alternate chairperson, Captain Bill Ferguson, for his long hours of dedication."

Those words of praise were echoed by the wing commander.

"Once again, you have proven to me there is no challenge too tough for you to overcome," said Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton, Jr., 45th Space Wing commander.

"You stepped up to the plate and hit the ball out of the park ... again. This accomplishment is proof positive of what can happen when ordinary people choose to do extraordinary things" he said.