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Turning compassion into action: UTSW celebration kicks off SECC campaign

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Employees pose for a photo to celebrate kick-off of SECC campaign.

On Oct. 3, the UT Southwestern campus community kicked off the 2019 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) with a goal of raising $400,000 for hundreds of charities.

The annual campaign, now in its 26th year, provides UTSW faculty and employees the unique opportunity to participate in a workplace giving campaign – the only statutorily authorized campaign of its kind for state and higher education agencies. Giving through the SECC is easy, effective, and cost-efficient. Contributions help improve the quality of life for people locally, nationally, and worldwide. Employees can select from more 500 state-vetted charities.

“I came to the area today to see what charities might be helping people with special needs,” said Daphne Fuerte from the Department of Ophthalmology. “I have some friends and family members with special needs, and I hope to find a charity to give to. It’s nice that there’s so much information brought right here to campus for us.”

The SECC campaign runs Oct. 3-Nov. 30, with a statewide theme this year of “Texas Strong.”

“Texas Strong is pulling together. We give because we care,” said DeWotta Gossett, Chair of the State of Texas’ SECC Local Employee Committee and a member of UT Southwestern’s SECC Committee. “UT Southwestern’s State Employee Charitable Campaign is a great platform for employees to come together and give back.

The kickoff event on Eugene McDermott Plaza offered free food, giveaways, and a chance to meet some of the charities involved in the SECC. Additional traveling kickoff events will happen throughout the campaign, and departments on campus will hold fundraising activities of their own.

See updates here including department participation rates, prize drawings, and employee testimonies.

Banner with heart around Texas Flag that says State Employee Charitable Campaign

The UTSW campus is committed to its goal of raising $400,000 as part of the State Employee Charitable Campaign.

Woman with sunglasses speaking into a microphone

Dr. Sandra Schmid, Chair and Professor in Cell Biology, addresses the crowd.

People mingling and eating

Employees enjoyed free food provided for the event.

Man standing at booth talking to seated woman.

An employee stops by an information booth at the event.

Tables lined up with material for various charities

Various community groups and UTSW departments were present to provide informational services.

Woman laughing and smiling while donating

Guests had a great time socializing at the kickoff event.

Woman in scrubs standing in front of SECC balloons

There were plenty of opportunities to pose for a great photo.

Public safety officer posing in front of balloons in a power stance

Even a public safety officer had just a little time to unwind for a snap

Four female UTSW employees standing in front of balloons

These employees saw the opportunity for a sweet group shoot.

Button that says I am Texas Strong

And there was plenty of swag to grab so employees can show their Texas pride.


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