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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

• Camp Smith connects with community

By Lance Cpl. Ronald W. Stauffer | October 03, 2008

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Children from the Navy Hale Keiki School display their Combined Federal Campaign charity code during the Hawaii - Pacific Area CFC kickoff in front of the U.S. Pacific Command Building Oct. 3. The children were in attendance to bring potential donors' awareness to their school, which boasts a 90 percent military-dependents rate.

Children from the Navy Hale Keiki School display their Combined Federal Campaign charity code during the Hawaii - Pacific Area CFC kickoff in front of the U.S. Pacific Command Building Oct. 3. The children were in attendance to bring potential donors' awareness to their school, which boasts a 90 percent military-dependents rate. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Cleo Mariano, Frankie Amano and Mark Cabico, participants in the Alliance for Drama Education's T-Shirt Theatre of Kalihi, perform for potential donors during the Hawaii - Pacific Area Combined Federal Campaign kickoff in front of the U.S. Pacific Command Building Oct. 3. The organization prepares at-risk teens with the skills they need for the future, such as confidence and clarity of speech.

Cleo Mariano, Frankie Amano and Mark Cabico, participants in the Alliance for Drama Education's T-Shirt Theatre of Kalihi, perform for potential donors during the Hawaii - Pacific Area Combined Federal Campaign kickoff in front of the U.S. Pacific Command Building Oct. 3. The organization prepares at-risk teens with the skills they need for the future, such as confidence and clarity of speech. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Marines from Headquarters and Service Battalion serve up lunch for attendees at the Hawaii - Pacific Area Combined Federal Campaign kickoff in front of the U.S. Pacific Command Building Oct. 3.

Marines from Headquarters and Service Battalion serve up lunch for attendees at the Hawaii - Pacific Area Combined Federal Campaign kickoff in front of the U.S. Pacific Command Building Oct. 3. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina N.Gil)


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The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band perform for attendees at  the Hawaii - Pacific Area Combined Federal Campaign kickoff in front of the U.S. Pacific Command Building Oct. 3.

The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band perform for attendees at the Hawaii - Pacific Area Combined Federal Campaign kickoff in front of the U.S. Pacific Command Building Oct. 3. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Ronald W. Stauffer)


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Maj. Sarah Lukes, logistics planner for Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, pets Carly during the Hawaii - Pacific Area Combined Federal Campaign kickoff in front of the U.S. Pacific Command Building Oct. 3. Carly is an eight-year-old service dog with Canine Assistants, an organization for people who have disabilities.

Maj. Sarah Lukes, logistics planner for Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, pets Carly during the Hawaii - Pacific Area Combined Federal Campaign kickoff in front of the U.S. Pacific Command Building Oct. 3. Carly is an eight-year-old service dog with Canine Assistants, an organization for people who have disabilities. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Ronald W. Stauffer)


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CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii -- Camp Smith opened its gates to local charities during the Hawaii-Pacific Area Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Oct. 3.

Attendees were offered the opportunity to speak with representatives from 20 local charities, while listening to the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band and eat a free lunch in front of the U.S. Pacific Command Building.

“The CFC is an organization that basically solved the needs to support local charities as well as national charities,” said Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth Gatlin, project manager and CFC organizer for Headquarters and Service Battalion, MarForPac.

The CFC was established during 1961 as a Presidential Order by President John F. Kennedy as a way to combine the numerous charities into a single campaign.

Gatlin said the military is such a large part of most communities and the CFC is here to say, ‘We’re here to support you.’ As a result, service members work to gain the communities trust as well as knowing other people outside of that community cares.

According to Gatlin, when Marines arrive at a new duty station they don’t know what’s on the other side of the gates until they venture out.

“The CFC is one of those organizations that brings the community to the base,” Gatlin said.

As part of the kickoff, attendees were given a “because I care buck” as an incentive to visit a minimum of six booths. The fake bill had six boxes on the rear side of the parchment used for the booth representatives to initial in. 

Once each box was marked, the buck was turned in as a meal ticket and torn in two, producing a raffle ticket.

Lance Cpl. Joe Mejia, war reserve clerk with H&S Battalion, admitted he was surprised to see all the charities and to learn what each one was about.

“I came out to visit Red Cross because I’m committed to them because they’re well known,” Mejia said. “They’re one of the largest charities out there, but I didn’t realize how many more there are.”

The event wasn’t held to collect contributions, but to give attendees charitable information and offer future opportunities, Gatlin said.  

He explained that a person will be drawn toward a certain charity because of a connection through family or friends.

“The kickoff event puts a face to the charity number,” Gatlin said.

Throughout the afternoon, attendees who took part in the raffle drew for a variety of prizes that included two separate certificates to a local Spa, a Sunday brunch for two at a local Resort, dinner buffet for two at a different local Hotel, certificates to an ice skating rink or USS Missouri passes.

MarForPac is scheduled to host a second event Oct. 10 called “Meet the Charities” affording service members a chance to meet 20 different charities in and outside the Pollock Theater.