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CFC chili cook-off scheduled

A crockpot filled with a red chili is one of 13 chilies entered into the chili cook-off held at the Buckley Chapel Jan. 7, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Categories for judging included red, green, white, vegetarian, hot and overall chili, with each winner receiving a $20 gift card. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury/Released)

A Chili Cook-off is scheduled Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. in Building 149 as part of a fundraiser for the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign, according to CFC organizers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. -- A Chili Cook-off is scheduled Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. in Building 149 as part of a fundraiser for the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign, according to CFC organizers.

Chili will be prepared by members of the 157th Air Refueling Wing and judged in two categories: best chili and spiciest chili. The Chief's Group will select the best in each category.

All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and K9s for Warriors.

"There are many charities that are in need this year and the Wounded Warrior Project and K9s for Warriors are but a few," said Master Sgt. Jill Butler, who along with Master Sgt. Harold Fuller is a CFC base representative. "CFC has a long history in the federal government of raising money for local and national charities."

According to the CFC website, The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

CFC began in the 1960s to coordinate the fundraising efforts of various charitable organizations so that federal donors would only be solicited one time per year in the workplace. It also offers the opportunity to make a charitable contribution through payroll deduction.

Made up of local campaigns throughout the country, Pease is part of the Northern New England CFC, which includes other local federal organizations such as the National Park Service, FBI and the U.S. Postal Service.

Butler highlighted many ways to contribute again this year.

"Contributors have an online pledge option for CFC available through the Defense Finance and Accounting Service's MyPay website, which most service members and civilians already use to view their leave and earnings statements," she said.

In addition to the MyPay option, federal employees have other options for giving. They may choose to deduct a certain amount from each paycheck or give a one-time donation. If employees choose a payroll deduction, they may either fill out a pledge card or use MyPay. Those that choose to contribute a one-time donation will need to fill out a pledge card. Employees may use also use the CFC of Northern New England website to make a one-time donation using Nexus.

Unit CFC representatives are in the process of passing out pledge cards and charity catalogs. There are thousands of CFC-approved charities listed that range from local food pantries to international organizations. Employees may also visit the CFC of Northern New England website to download a searchable charities list or search for charities directly through MyPay during the donation process.

The CFC runs from Sept. 1 through Dec. 15, 2015.

Organizers have set a goal to raise $21,600 during this year's campaign.

To learn more about this year's CFC campaign, contact Butler at 603 430-2591.

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