Jan. 18, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 3


Of Note


SECC donations exceed goal

PHOTO (L-R) Roger Ruiz and Frank Aguirre, of the mailroom, sell baked goods to Dee Dee Reyes, external affairs, Gloria Matthews and Tony Mendoza, office of the dental dean, to raise funds for the SECC.

Health Science Center employees have once again shown their commitment to helping their community. During the 2001 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC), employees raised $296,859. A. Jerome York, vice president and chief information officer and the 2001 SECC campaign coordinator, said monetary donations increased by 21 percent over the last year while participation increased by 7 percent.

"Year after year, UTHSC employees step up and provide generous donations to the United Way through the SECC campaign. The care and compassion are models and true measures of the character of the character of the people who work here," York said.

PHOTO Dr. David Jones, associate dean for admissions in the School of Medicine, participates in the basketball free-throw contest.

Health Science Center contributions benefit dozens of non-profit organizations throughout the San Antonio area. In addition, more than $27,800 was raised by UTHSC employees for the National Disaster Relief Fund that is assisting victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

"A reassuring fact is that not only were we generous to the National Disaster Relief Fund, but because of the significant increase in giving, San Antonio organizations also received more than in the past," York said. Employees held taco and bake sales throughout the campaign to raise some of the funds. In addition, the first SECC Jamboree, held Oct 12, was a rousing success. A basketball free-throw shooting contest, a cakewalk, funny photographs and food sales made for a fun day for all attendees. "Employees enjoyed themselves while donating to a very worthy cause," York said. "I'd like to thank Dr. Spencer Redding and his committee for their organization and hard work."

York said that during a recent United Way breakfast, an announcement was made that more than $38 million was collected throughout San Antonio. Health Science Center employees received special acknowledgement for their generosity this year. York said he is looking forward to the next SECC campaign and is very appreciative of the department coordinators' commitment and hard work for this very important campaign.