State Employee Charitable Campaign Chalks Up Another Record Contribution
In what has become a tradition of giving, this area's State employees
have contributed a record $109,899 as part of their annual State Employee
Charitable Campaign (SECC). The SECC benefits various charitable organizations
in Laredo, the surrounding area and the State. (photo)
Thirty state agencies participate in the Campaign. This year, 1,127
employees participated, a 16.15% increase over last year's campaign total
of $94,621, said Elizabeth N. Martínez, SECC Campaign co-chair
and Texas A&M International University associate vice president for
finance and administration.
"We've seen some very impressive growth in the campaign this year.
For example, Laredo Community College raised over $25,000, an 88% increase
over last year," Martínez said.
Campaign co-chair is Gloria Jackson, volunteer coordinator for Region
11, Texas Department of Health and Human Services. She noted that the
major part of monies raised assist the local United Way.
"This year, 67.51% of contributions are designated to the United
Way, which allocates to 25 charitable groups," Jackson said.
Peggy Duncan, United Way executive director, concurred.
"This is vital for the programs we support. Our SECC goal at the
inception of the Campaign was $55,000 and 135% of the division's goal
was raised. It makes a crucial difference," she said.
Martinez was pleased that SECC agency giving is up.
"We are working together to make a difference and our state agencies
have increased their level of giving over last year. TAMIU remains the
largest contributor at $38,509, but increases came from the Texas Department
of Transportation, Texas Department of Public Safety, Department of Assistive
and Rehabilitative Services, Office of the Attorney General, Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice,"
Jackson said the campaign's success is fueled by commitment from all
"Our thanks go out to the State employees of this area as well
as to the coordinators whose combined efforts ensure the success of this
campaign," Jackson said.
Statewide, the 2004 SECC campaigns generated slightly over $8 million,
an increase from the 2003 campaign total of $7.7 million.
For more information about the 2005 SECC campaign, contact Elizabeth
Martínez at 326.2380, or Gloria Jackson at 764-6236.
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