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October 04, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Challenges City Employees to Raise One Million Dollars at DC One Fund Kick-Off 

Annual Giving Campaign Supports Charities Needing Extra Help In Tough Economy

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(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the DC One Fund Executive Committee and Agency Coordinators today rallied District of Columbia government employees to join the 2012 giving campaign, themed “Each One Give One.” The Mayor was joined by Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, who is serving as the DC One Fund Chairman; and Office of Contracting and Procurement Director James Staton, who is the DC One Fund Vice Chair, at the kick-off event at One Judiciary Square. Employees learned how to sign up for payroll deductions beginning this week and received information from non-profit charities they can support.

“With people still recovering from natural disasters like Hurricane Irene, and non-profits suffering from harsh economic times, local caregivers need our help now more than ever,” said Mayor Gray. “I am counting on our caring and hardworking District employees to make a difference with their generous donations.”

The goal is to raise $1 million. Employees can give through payroll deductions or make a one-time donation. “It takes just $2.50 per employee per pay period to reach our goal, and I am confident we can hit our mark to provide much-needed help for organizations that help our residents,” said Chief Ellerbe. Information on how to participate is available at or

The D.C. government is once again joining forces with the United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA) and the United Black Fund (UBF) to target employee donations to a list of worthy charities and causes. UWNCA CEO William A. Hanbury and UBF President Barry Lenoir also joined the Mayor at the kick-off.