When people at UTMB say “working together to work wonders,” zombies aren’t the first thing that come to mind. But this fall, the university community’s amazing success with the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) illustrates that together, what we can do is quite wonderful.
Led by 2016 chairman Dr. James Graham, a very creative steering committee and more than 60 “SECC Ambassadors” who helped champion efforts in their respective areas, this year’s final amount will be close to $590,000—well beyond the $525,000 goal.
The SECC has been around for more than two decades and is the only statutorily authorized workplace campaign for state agency and higher education employees throughout Texas. UTMB’s large and generous workforce has always been among the leaders statewide in giving, and those dollars are important to the charitable agencies and causes in the communities where staff live and work.
UTMB’s campaign is largely a volunteer-driven effort with a strong emphasis on innovation and collaboration; the grassroots nature of the effort has been at the heart of its success. Fun themes such as this year’s zombies, the Force from Star Wars and the Wizard of Oz help attract attention and engage participants. But ultimately, it’s teams of great UTMB employees who embrace charitable giving and understand why it matters who make the campaign a success year after year.
Once again, the people at UTMB proved they had big hearts and great brainssss!