Keynote Address by
David Satcher, M.D.,
First Annual Combined Federal Campaign Awards Ceremony
Friday, March 10, 2000
[This text is the basis for the Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General's oral remarks. It should be used with the understanding that some material may be added or omitted during presentation.]
Thank you, Ms. [Susan] Kidd, for that very kind introduction, and I want to thank her for her commitment to community outreach and children's issues.
To the Agency heads assembled here today, our awardees, and, indeed, all of you distinguished guests, good morning.
It's my pleasure in being here for the First Annual Parklawn Combined Federal Campaign Awards Ceremony.
It was Emerson who said: "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
The Combined Federal Campaign is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Federal employees to contribute to the programs we so much believe in. It's an opportunity for us to help others, which, in turn, means we are helping ourselves.
I want to congratulate all of the CFC volunteers who worked tirelessly and who made this the most successful campaign in the history of the National Capital Area.
I also want to thank the senior staff who are here with us today for supporting the efforts of their employees and for setting good examples themselves.
HHS employees not only met their ambitious $3 million goal, they exceeded the goal and with a $3.3 million achievement became the largest employee campaign in the entire government. We enthusiastically supported our leader, Secretary Donna Shalala, and for that we should be doubly proud.
The success of this campaign is the result of what can happen when HHS agencies pull together to meet a goal.
In the audience today are award winners from many agencies and from many of our buildings throughout the metropolitan area, including our hosts here at Parklawn, and those from Rockville, Gaithersburg, Laurel/Beltsville, and even a contingent of keyworkers from the FDA building downtown.
Let me share with you just some of the facts about the outstanding volunteers participating in this ceremony. These are some extraordinary people.
We're All Winners
Let me leave you with this story that was quoted in Reader's Digest.
I know this is a ceremony to congratulate the winners, but this is not a zero-sum game. While I don't want to take anything away from the winners, I can't help thinking how what you've done has made all of us winners.
Whether it's the person who gave, the person who encouraged someone to give, or whether it's the person who was on the receiving end—today is a day fit for winners. There are no losers.
And those of you being honored today, those of you who make it happen, are double winners.
Last revised: January 5, 2007