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SECC raises a cool million


University and UNC Hospitals employees contributed a record amount through this year's State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC), breaking the $1 million mark for the first time.

Preliminary results showed the campaign had raised $1,035,241 as of Dec. 11, said Sue Kitchen, vice chancellor for student affairs. Kitchen co-chaired the University campaign with Aaron Nelson, coordinator of local relations.

The total was announced at a Dec. 11 celebration honoring volunteers for their hard work on the campaign.

This year's total, which includes $226,726 from UNC Hospitals, means University and hospital employees have contributed some $68,000 more than last year.

"We had a clear goal for dollars and participation," Kitchen said. "In true Carolina fashion, many areas pushed beyond just doing their part to a level of excellence, so we were able to reach our goal."

Kitchen said the credit for the campaign's success goes to the hundreds of volunteers who went out and talked to their fellow employees about the importance of giving through the SECC.

"We just have an amazing group of people working with us," Kitchen said.

The SECC gives employees a chance to direct their support to more than 1,000 charitable organizations that provide services on the local, state, national and international levels. The University and UNC Hospitals play a major role in SECC -- last year they contributed more than 20 percent of the campaign's statewide total of $4.2 million.

"The SECC at the University and UNC Hospitals is successful because employees not only give until it feels good to non-profit agencies benefiting North Carolinians, but also because of the significant time they give to implement and see the campaign through to a successful conclusion," said Brad Wilson, the SECC campaign manager who works with the campus effort. "You have one of the premier campaigns in the state because of your well-organized, compassionate and hard-working volunteers."


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