Goodfellow kicks off CFC

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, signs a Combined Federal Campaign donation sheet in his office at the Norma Brown building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 11, 2016. The CFC is running now until Dec. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, signs a Combined Federal Campaign donation sheet in his office at the Norma Brown building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 11, 2016. The CFC is running now until Dec. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force officers from the 17th Training Wing visit a non-profit organization’s booth during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff tailgate party at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. Local non-profit organizations set up booths to give Goodfellow members a chance to donate to their cause as part of the CFC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

U.S. Air Force officers from the 17th Training Wing visit a non-profit organization’s booth during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff tailgate party at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. Local non-profit organizations set up booths to give Goodfellow members a chance to donate to their cause as part of the CFC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Blake Ferguson, 17th Force Support Squadron airman leadership school commandant, laughs after speaking to the attendees of the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff tailgate party at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. Ferguson spoke about the CFC and encouraged Goodfellow members to participate in the campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Blake Ferguson, 17th Force Support Squadron airman leadership school commandant, laughs after speaking to the attendees of the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff tailgate party at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. Ferguson spoke about the CFC and encouraged Goodfellow members to participate in the campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

The 17th Training Wing hosted a tailgate party to kick off the Combined Federal Campaign at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. The tailgate party had food and games to bring in a large crowd to promote the CFC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

The 17th Training Wing hosted a tailgate party to kick off the Combined Federal Campaign at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. The tailgate party had food and games to bring in a large crowd to promote the CFC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Vandewalle, 17th Medical Group commander, taunts a dunk tank contender during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff tailgate party at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. The dunk tank, along with several other activities, brought in hundreds of Goodfellow members to kick off the CFC. This year’s goal for the 17th Training Wing is to raise $117,000 for the campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Vandewalle, 17th Medical Group commander, taunts a dunk tank contender during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff tailgate party at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. The dunk tank, along with several other activities, brought in hundreds of Goodfellow members to kick off the CFC. This year’s goal for the 17th Training Wing is to raise $117,000 for the campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. John Travieso, 17th Contracting Squadron commander, drops into a dunk tank during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff tailgate party at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. Goodfellow members donated money to take a chance at dunking their commanders to raise money for the CFC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. John Travieso, 17th Contracting Squadron commander, drops into a dunk tank during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff tailgate party at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. Goodfellow members donated money to take a chance at dunking their commanders to raise money for the CFC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off on Goodfellow with a tailgate party at the parade field Sept. 9.

According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s website, the CFC is the world’s largest annual workplace charity campaign with almost 200 campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Federal civilian, postal and military members support and donate to eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.

During the tailgate party, hundreds of service members visited 10 different local non-profit organizations as part of the CFC. They also participated in festivities such as bean bag toss, football and an opportunity to dunk their commanders into a tank of water.

“I think [the CFC kickoff] is a wonderful opportunity for people to have fun and also see what our campaign is about,” said Valerie Tillery, Institute of Cognitive Development-Family Shelter representative. “We’ve had quite a few people interested in volunteering, which is good because we need some volunteers to work with our children.”

Each year Air Force bases all over the world set goals to raise money for the CFC.

“Last year we made a little under $100,000,” said Master Sgt. Blake Ferguson, 17th Force Support Squadron airman leadership school commandant. “This year’s goal is $117,000 for the 17th Training Wing.”

Ferguson said he was confident that the wing would reach their goal this year thanks to the success of the kickoff tailgate party.

Goodfellow’s CFC leaders plan to hold more events like the tailgate party to promote the campaign so that the wing can reach their goal.

“The CFC is not just money into an envelope, it is helping folks that receive help from very important charities,” said Ferguson. “One person in the FSS is from another country, a poor part of that country, and through one of these organizations she was able to receive books for free then eventually became literate and joined the United States Air Force.”