Welcome to the 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign "We know you have a heart."

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THANK YOU UTMB—Campaign successful, final amount being calculated

The 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign broke the half-million-dollar mark early Friday morning and kept climbing. After pledges made on paper and mailed in are tallied, we expect to be over $519,000 with support from more than 2,761 employees. Great job UTMB. We send out a sincere “thank you” to the thousands who have supported this year's effort. Your generosity this season has been outstanding and heartwarming; your gifts will make wishes and dreams come true this season and throughout the coming year.

Second Fitbit drawing winner selected

Congratulations to John Wilson Whitmire, who was selected in the final drawing from SECC contributors as the winner of a new Fitbit, a personal wireless activity and sleep monitoring device. John works in a support role for the UTMB Research enterprise. Congratulations John, and thanks for your support!

100 MBs for 100 Percent

We always highlight and celebrate the areas that reach 100 percent participation in the campaign. This year, we’re announced we would reward those groups with a special digital “thank you”: each person in every area that reaches 100 percent in the SECC is having the size of their email storage allotment increased by 100 megabytes. The list is being finalized now and details on implementation will be ready soon. Many areas hit the mark, nearly 100 groups (which would make this 100 for 100 for 100!). Help us celebrate with these great teams: http://www.utmb.edu/secc/pledge/ParticipationByDept.asp

THANK YOU UTMB—Campaign pushes past goal, support still welcome

The 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign broke the half-million-dollar mark early Friday morning. By midday, it was near $515,000 with support from more than 2,640 employees. The campaign ends at midnight on Friday, Dec. 5. If you have not made a pledge and would like to, there is still time. [Pledge now].

We send out a sincere “thank you” to the thousands who have supported this year's effort. Your generosity this season has been outstanding and heartwarming; your gifts will make wishes and dreams come true this season and throughout the coming year.

You have proven it again: when it comes to having a HEART, there’s no place like UTMB.


SECC: Campaign closes Friday at midnight; we fund dreams and give thanks

Todd Leach, SECC 2014 chairmanIn The Wizard of Oz—our theme for the 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign—the characters reach the Emerald City and are surprised to discover they already had what they wanted: the lion was already courageous, the scarecrow was already smart, the tin man already had a heart. So now, as we get so enticingly close to our half-million-dollar goal, should I be surprised, when I’ve known all along generosity and caring are alive at UTMB? Our dollars will again be funding dreams at home and over the rainbow.

The 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign closes at midnight on Friday, Dec. 5. As I write this, about 2,325 wonderful members of our UTMB community have pledged more than $477,000. That is humbling, wonderful and heartwarming. I am thankful and appreciative for the incredible support.

In these final hours, there is still time to make your pledge. If you’ve been planning to make a gift and have not had time, please take five minutes to do it now. It’s easy, even from a smart phone. If you’ve not participated in SECC in the past, try it. It’s a painless way to support something that’s important to you. Start with a small pledge, a one-time gift or maybe two dollars a month. It feels good.

It’s been a great year, it’s been a fun process working with a great team of behind-the-scene volunteers. On behalf of all involved and all the groups that will benefit from our support, thank you once again. There’s no place like this place. You’ve proven again that the UTMB family really does “have a heart.”

With heartfelt thanks and best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season,

Todd Leach
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
2014 SECC Chair


Last week is here—Push is on to raise final 20%

The 2014 State Employee Charitable campaign has entered its final week; the campaign ends at midnight on Friday, Dec. 5 to allow time for gift and payroll processing. Please consider making your pledge now.

We send out a sincere “thank you” to the more than 1,850 employees who helped us reach $405,000 by noon on Monday. Your generosity this holiday season has been outstanding; your gifts will make wishes and dreams come true this season and throughout the coming year.

The campaign goal is $500,000; it’s in reach. The yellow brick road is winding to an end; please help us get over the rainbow. Let's prove again that when it comes to having a HEART, there’s no place like UTMB. Pledge today.


Fitbit drawing winner selected; one additional prize to be offered

Congratulations to Carol Sutherland, who was selected in a drawing from SECC contributors as the winner of a new Fitbit, a personal wireless activity and sleep monitoring device. Carol is an ultrasound manager in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

We’re happy to announce one final drawing for a second Fitbit, to be made at the end of the campaign. All contributors will be eligible. Make your pledge today.


Enchanted poppies, email storage and SECC update

Todd Leach, SECC 2014 chairmanMidway through The Wizard of Oz—our theme for the 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign—Dorothy and her friends are following the yellow brick road through a field of enchanted poppies. The bewitched flowers lull our heroes to sleep, and they’re nearly derailed in their quest to reach the Emerald City. We’re at a critical time in the campaign, on our own quest to help others, and we can’t doze off! Please consider making a pledge today.

We’re past the halfway point, and I’m very grateful for the $300,000 we’ve raised from 1,400 employees. Thank you to those who have already made their commitments, who have shown they “have a heart.” However, the campaign ends Friday, Dec. 5, so the end of the road is in sight.

We’re working to raise $500,000 with 30% employee participation. Every dollar raised goes to support the charities and causes that YOU select, that are personally meaningful to you and your family.

This is the time of year we gather with loved ones to show gratitude for our many blessings. I hope you’ll use SECC as a way to share your good fortune, to remember a loved one, champion a cause, or lend a helping hand to someone who needs it. Any gift would be welcome and appreciated.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact me or campaign coordinator Becky Trout for support and assistance.

When it comes to having a HEART, there’s no place like UTMB. Let’s click our heels, crack our wallets and make some magic happen.

With heartfelt thanks and best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday,

Todd Leach
Vice President and Chief Information Officer,
2014 SECC Chair

 


 

Dear Members of the UTMB Community:

Won’t you “have a heart” when it comes to this year’s State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC)?

Todd Leach, SECC 2014 chairmanIt is my distinct pleasure and honor to serve as the chairman for UTMB’s 2014 SECC. This year’s committee and I will surely need your help! We officially open the campaign on October 28. This year’s theme is “We Know You Have a Heart,” reminiscent of Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. We hope to raise at least $500,000 and reach at least 30% participation across our institution. As you may know, charities rely heavily on donations from the SECC in order to fund their good work. In the past, in the Galveston area alone, the generous giving by UTMB employees has amounted to about half of all money raised for local and regional charities. With employees across the region and state, our impact is far reaching. UTMB’s long legacy of kindness and caring provides food, shelter, health care and varied forms of support and encouragement for people in great need and causes worth supporting.

Won’t you join me today, right now, and make your gift to the SECC?
You can learn more at www.utmb.edu/SECC or make your contribution now at www.utmb.edu/secc/pledge.

If you are on or around the Galveston campus, please plan to join us at this year’s agency fair and campaign kickoff:

2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Agency Fair and Kickoff
Tuesday, October 28
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Moody Medical Library Plaza

We’ll also be visiting other areas in the coming weeks. The campaign runs through December 5. Please support us and encourage your friends and co-workers to engage in this very worthy campaign. We’ll be communicating regularly, sharing our progress. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact me or campaign coordinator Becky Trout for support and assistance.

“We Know You Have a Heart” recognizes the giving spirit for which the people of UTMB are known and recognized. Let’s go forward, together, to once again demonstrate that when it comes to having a HEART, there’s no place like UTMB.

With heartfelt thanks,

Todd Leach
Vice President and Chief Information Officer,
2014 SECC Chair

 


It’s almost that time of the year… Will you join us on the yellow brick road?

The first cool front has arrived, the agencies are in place, a chairperson has been selected, and we’re working harder than the Lollipop Guild to get all the pieces ready for SECC 2014.

View 2014 Agencies

Last year we took a gamble on Vegas and hit a jackpot for the community worth more than $460,000; this year we’re headed to the Emerald City and a lofty goal of half-a-million dollars. Join us on the yellow brick road as we prove that everyone at UTMB really does have a heart.

The 2014 campaign starts October 28.

2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign "We know you have a heart."

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