State Employee Charitable Campaign Oct. 24 - Nov. 27, 2019

The 2019 SECC has ended. Thank you for your support. Review our results.

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  • And the prize goes to...

    December 12, 2019, 10:57 AM by Eduardo Valdes

    The team at the Angleton Danbury Campus has another accomplishment to celebrate this year (in addition to their five year anniversary as part of UTMB Health): they won the SECC Vanguard Cup, which was presented by Dr. Vicente Resto, Associate Chief Physician, Executive Vice President for Physician Integration and Strategic Alignment, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology. Resto also served as 2019 SECC chairman,  and presented the trophy Dec. 11 in Angleton during a festive award ceremony. It will reside in Angleton until next year, when the contest resumes. 

    In a heartfelt acceptance, Beth Reimschissel MSN, RN, CNL, Administrator for the Angleton Danbury Campus and Associate Chief Nursing & Patient Care Services Officer, spoke of her appreciation for the Angleton Danbury team, of their generous hearts and close connection to the community. An inspiration and highlight of the campaign for her, she said, was listening to the stories from fellow employees of the ways various charities and causes had personal meaning in their lives.   

    "We have no intention of letting this trophy go anywhere next year," she challenged the enthusiastic group in attendance.     

    The State Employee Charitable Campaign wrapped up on Dec. 2 and raised more than $529,000. About 2,500 UTMB employees (about 19% of our workforce) supported the good work of local, state, national and international charities. With a participation rate of 37%, the team at the Angleton Danbury Campus had the highest participation rate of any single university entity, earning the Vanguard Cup for their organization-leading performance in charitable giving.

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  • Thank you for making the 2019 SECC a success!

    November 26, 2019, 14:26 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    Drs. Ben Raimer and Vicente Resto Last Friday night, we reached our goal in the 2019 State Employee Charitable Campaign. At that time, 2,228 members of our UTMB family had helped us raise more than a half-million dollars in charitable contributions to benefit the communities where we live and work.

    Thank you to all who have pledged, to all of the areas with high participation, and to our hardworking SECC volunteers and ambassadors. Our results speak to the commitment and generosity of all involved.

    The more we raise, the more it helps those in need. If you plan to participate, you still have time.

    The campaign is set to end Wednesday night, but we will leave the SECC website in place to accept pledges and contributions through the holiday weekend. We welcome your pledges and appreciate your support.

    In the coming days, we invite you to this website for our final results and the winner of the inaugural Vanguard Cup (Spoiler: our team in Angleton may have it locked up).

    We wish you, your family and loved ones a healthy and happy Thanksgiving, and the very best for the holiday season ahead.

    With sincere gratitude,

    Dr. Ben G. Raimer
    President ad interim

    Dr. Vicente Resto
    Associate Chief Physician
    Executive Vice President for Physician Integration and Strategic Alignment
    Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology
    2019 SECC Chair

  • A Thanksgiving to remember? Sharing the Holiday Spirit

    November 25, 2019, 09:13 AM by Eduardo Valdes
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    We're very thankful for the support and appreciative that we've reached our goal. There's still time for those who've not yet participated. For more information on how you can share some of your bounty this Thanksgiving, visit https://www.utmb.edu/secc-pledge/SECC_Campaign_Entrance.asp

  • Goal Met! How much can we raise?

    November 25, 2019, 09:06 AM by Eduardo Valdes

    More than 2,250 employees have pledged $501,212, pushing us past our goal with the deadline still a couple of days away. THANK YOU UTMB.

    Remember, SECC is not about us, not about UTMB or even the State of Texas. The campaign provides an easy and convenient way to help those in need. It's organized and facilitated by UTMB, but the beneficiaries are the causes and charities that are important and meaningful to you. There are more than 300 to choose from, all carefully vetted, and all the dollars you pledge go to these groups. It's a great way to help people and celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving. The choice is yours. The more we raise, the more it helps. Please consider making your pledge today.

  • Giving Thanks: Good Things and SECC 2019

    November 22, 2019, 08:56 AM by Jessica Wyble

    Dr. Vicente Resto, SECC Chair 2019In these final days of the State Employee Charitable Campaign, I am grateful for the support that’s been provided by the UTMB community, humbled by people’s generosity and goodwill, and thankful to be at a place where so many people care.

    More than 2,000 UTMB team members from all campuses and many far-flung UTMB locations have already pledged more than $467,000 to the SECC, putting us within reach of our $500,000 goal.

    While the goal is just a number, the dollars make a difference in people’s lives. The dollars help those in need, those who are hungry, homeless, alone or in trouble. They support community initiatives, shelter those at risk, bolster education, champion important causes and help make our world safer and better.

    SECC provides an easy way to support something that is important to you. A contribution of any amount is welcome and appreciated. However, time is running out; the campaign is set to conclude on Nov. 27.

    If you’ve not already, please consider making your pledge today.

    With heartfelt thanks and best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

    Vicente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS
    Associate Chief Physician Executive
    Vice President for Physician Integration and Strategic Alignment
    Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology
    2019 SECC Chair

  • UTMB less than $100,000 away from its goal

    November 15, 2019, 11:38 AM by Jessica Wyble

    UTMB is now less than $100,000 away from raising half a million dollars during this year's State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC), which supports important causes and charitable efforts in the communities where we live and work.

    As of the morning of Friday, Nov. 15, campaign contributions from 1,716 generous members of the UTMB community totaled $400,745, an important milestone as the final days of the campaign approach. 

    We're very thankful for the support and appreciative of the progress we've made so far, but there's still plenty of time to give to help us reach our goal. For more information on how you can contribute, visit https://www.utmb.edu/secc-pledge/SECC_Campaign_Entrance.asp

  • SECC inches toward $400,000

    November 14, 2019, 18:08 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    On Thursday evening, Nov. 14, the State Employee Charitable Campaign had garnered $394,904 in pledges and support from 1,628 UTMB employees (about 12% of our workforce). We're very grateful to be moving closer to our $500,000 goal, and extremely thankful for the generous support.

    With our participation rate usually well above 20%, we're optimistic that many more plan to support the effort as we move into the final full week of the campaign, which ends Nov. 27. If you are thinking about participating, please consider doing so today.

  • An update and an invitation...

    November 8, 2019, 12:36 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    Dr. Vicente Resto, SECC Chair 2019We’re midway through the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). We're racing the clock to raise half a million dollars to support important causes and charitable efforts in the communities where we live and work.

    We're making steady progress, but we're not there yet, so I need your help. By Friday morning, Nov. 8, you’d helped us raise more than $308,000 in contributions, pledged by 1,220 generous members of the UTMB community. We're very thankful for the support.

    As a physician leader at UTMB, I am frequently out in the community and I see the needs firsthand.

    Most of us are exceptionally fortunate. We live in comfortable homes, have good jobs and have rarely gone without food.

    For many people, these things are daily struggles.

    Our support of the campaign can help. We all have our own interests that vary from supporting animals or the environment, to helping support disaster relief or disease research. I ask that you support whatever is important to you. With more than three hundred partner organizations engaged in this drive, I am confident you will be successful in finding at least one that is personally meaningful.

    Giving is easy and only takes moments. I invite you to learn more and make your pledge today.

    Thank you for supporting this year’s campaign and for all you do for UTMB Health.

    Vicente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS
    Associate Chief Physician Executive
    Vice President for Physician Integration and Strategic Alignment
    Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology
    2019 SECC Chair

  • Campaign approaches $300,000; Vanguard prize returns

    November 7, 2019, 17:58 PM by Michael Cooper

    By Thursday, Nov. 7, the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) had raised $299,789 in contributions, pledged by 1,185 generous members of the UTMB community. We're very thankful for the support and appreciative of the progress as we head into the second half of the campaign.

    An attractive SECC lapel pin is being offered this year as a token of appreciation, and the Vanguard Award (and bragging rights) return for the university entity with the highest participation rate. Get details on both.

  • Support our veterans through a pledge to the SECC

    November 5, 2019, 16:48 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    On Nov. 5, the State Employee Charitable Campaign was approaching $260,000 in contributions, pledged by 979 stellar members of the UTMB community. We’re very appreciative of this robust start and salute those who’ve made their pledges early and paved the way.

    Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, and the SECC offers a number of organizations dedicated to supporting veterans in Texas and across the country. Please consider a tribute to the service and sacrifice of our veterans through a pledge to SECC, to the charitable organization of your choice.

  • Campaign approaching $140K

    October 28, 2019, 13:31 PM by Eduardo Valdes
    We're more than a quarter of the way to our 2019 SECC goal, with almost $140K in pledges already collected. See our progress.

    Last year, the SECC statewide raised $7,110,550. At all state agencies and universities, 32,371 employees (about 12% of the total state employee workforce) participated. The per capita gift was about $26, but the average gift was almost $220. UTMB's employees contributed significantly to this amount; our total contributions in dollars led the state. Dig into the numbers on the SECC statewide site...
  • Doing Good Things: SECC 2019

    October 24, 2019, 08:48 AM by Eduardo Valdes

    Dr. Vicente Resto, SECC Chair 2019I am honored to serve as the chair of UTMB’s 2019 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). I understand this is an important responsibility.  The bar is high every year and the needs in our communities are great. Our goal is to raise $500,000 to put to work doing good things.

    We’re all busy. We have demands on our lives, on our time, on our wallets and pocketbooks. But take a minute to look around.  We are so very fortunate, so blessed and so able to make life a little easier for those in need. As you know, the SECC makes it easy for us to help. 

    As you review this website, you will quickly see that as in the past, donations can be directed to the causes we care for most—more than 300 local, statewide, national and international charitable organizations are available and would welcome your support. Contributions may be made online or via paper. Payroll deduction is an easy and effective option.

    We have a crowd-pleasing “thank you” token for those who support this year’s effort, a new social media presence, a little friendly competition, and we’re already off to a great start—with $52,000 pledged by dedicated early donors. Visit the links to learn more.  

    The SECC is not about us. The SECC is our chance each year to work together to do good things for others. Let’s make this an outstanding campaign for those who are counting on us!

    I thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

    Vicente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS
    Associate Chief Physician Executive
    Vice President for Physician Integration and Strategic Alignment
    Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology
    2019 SECC Chair

  • It is almost here

    October 10, 2019, 17:56 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    The 2019 State Employee Charitable Campaign will officially kick off on Thursday, Oct. 24. Dr. Vicente Resto, Associate Chief Physician Executive, Vice President for Physician Integration and Strategic Alignment, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, will be leading the campaign, a campaign that will encourage us to recognize the cumulative impact of even the smallest good deeds and sacrifices. Stay tuned!

    (Are you one of those early birds, already done with your holiday shopping? Beat the SECC rush; be one of the first to make your pledge. The campaign web site is now fully active and waiting for you to bring the thermometer to life.)

  • Ready to Rumble? SECC 2019 is coming...

    September 16, 2019, 16:30 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    In 2014, Todd Leach as the Tin Man led us on an adventure down the yellow brick road; our efforts yielded more than half-a-million dollars and made over-the-rainbow dreams come true for the charities, causes and people we supported.

    In 2015, the battle took place among the stars, where our alliance of committed employees—led by Jedi Master David Marshall—proved they could summon the power of the Force for another half-million-dollar effort. Good hearts and generous spirits conquer all.

    In 2016, James Graham from the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences led the resurrection in an epic campaign unlike any other. He unearthed a legion of generous contributors who clawed their way to a supernatural $584,494.

    With the ground still damp from Harvey floodwaters, Steve Campbell led the charge in 2017 on an effort that saw UTMB raise more dollars than any agency or university in the state, the second campaign of the season (a flood relief effort to help affected employees raised almost $200,000 on its own).

    In 2018 we celebrated 25 years of SECC, and welcomed School of Nursing Dean Deborah J. Jones as our campaign chair. In a SUPER campaign, we Hulk-smashed our way past our goal, and again claimed the title as the state's most generous cumulative contributor.

    WHAT ABOUT 2019?

    Elves? Minions? Ommpa Loompas? What sort of crafty creatures might already be at work on this year's critically important campaign? Stay tuned...

A look back at 2018:

UTMB's Halloween Superheroes


When the call went out for SECC Superheroes, people sprung into action. Enjoy these images shared with us from across the UTMB Universe, and have a safe and happy weekend.