CFC awards ceremony recognizes platinum donors, step-up awardees

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The late Mother Teresa once said, “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” And that’s the message Maj. Gen. Chris Hughes, the U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox commanding general, conveyed when he thanked the audience for giving from their hearts during the Combined Federal Campaign awards ceremony Monday at Waybur Theater.

Although the installation didn’t meet its goal, Hughes was thankful for those who donated.

“We have less than
3½ percent of our whole community (who) contributed,” explained Hughes. “You represent a very small part of the community. I’m very proud of all of you. You did what I asked you to do. What mattered to me was you wanted to donate—donate to something that was going to make a difference.”

Hughes added that donating was more than watching the chart go up that was in front of Garrison Command headquarters. He said the community donated because some know what it’s like to be with and to be without.

“You made a difference in their lives, even in the smallest of the smallest amounts,” he said. “What mattered is you gave enough of your time and money to make a difference. Our region gave over $2.73 million (from) about 10,000 donors across the region. We have great community partners—people throughout the region.”

Valerie Crocker, the Indiana, Kentucky and southwestern Ohio and Fort Campbell area CFC director, pointed out that even though Fort Knox didn’t meet its goal there were 30 donors who donated more than $1,500 per donation, and 11 step-up awards were presented to organizations who increased their donations from the previous year. She added that these numbers were attributed to the unit representatives. She said she also believes being able to pledge online was a factor in higher numbers.

“Even though the final number doesn’t show it the response, we saw a lot more online (pledges),” said Crocker. “We saw about 50 percent more than last year on Fort Knox. I think the CFC reps did a great job getting the word out (about) donations. I want to thank everyone for a job well done. That money will be helping so many in need this year.”