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Nov. 09, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SECA deadline today; still short of goal

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "The presidential election, Hurricane Sandy and this week's East Coast winter storm have all taken our attention away from local issues, but the deadline for the annual SECA drive is today, and we are still short," said Lynne Motyl, assistant vice president for human resources.

"I understand how with these distractions, combined with all of the duties of work and classes, the annual State Employee Combined Appeal may have slipped to the back burner, but this drive is really important to some 1,400 human services and community organizations across the commonwealth that depend on the appeal's funding to keep their organizations operating. Some even help out during such disasters as hurricanes," she said.

SRU has a goal of $14,100 for the year, but as of Thursday, only $8,890 had been raised toward that goal. The original deadline was Nov. 2 but because of Hurricane Sandy's devastation was pushed back to today.

"I know we are a caring community. The organizations funded by SECA provide services to thousands of people in Pennsylvania, including those in our local communities through such organizations as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA, Butler County American Red Cross and a host of others," she said. "Those contributing can earmark their donation to any of the charities participating in the overall program."

"We really would like to make our goal, and I ask that all SRU faculty and staff re-consider making a donation or pledge to the drive," Motyl said.

The SECA drive, which has been endorsed by SRU President Cheryl Norton, Gov. Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor John Cavanaugh, is the only commonwealthwide charity appeal permitted.

The SECA Resource Guide for 2012 lists more than 1,400 organizations and charities included in the fund raising campaign. Donors may select the charity of their choice to receive their support. SECA was designed in part to save fund raising costs by combining fundraising efforts under a central umbrella.

While the drive is statewide, there are 19 specific charities in Butler County to which donors may choose to earmark their contributions.

Employees can make a pledge through a payroll deduction or as an outright, onetime gift. Credit card gifts cannot be accepted.

The 2012 SECA Pledge Form is available at:, and the SECA Resource Guide is available at:

For more information, contact Pam Miller, management technician in the Office of Human Resources, at 724.738.2205.

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