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IDOC SECA ambassadors recognized for their efforts in the 2009 SECA Campaign 

IDOC SECA ambassadors recognized for their efforts in the 2009 SECA Campaign
IDOC recognized its SECA ambassadors for their efforts in the 2009 SECA Campaign.  Featured from left are SECA Ambassador Stacey McDannald of Jacksonville Correctional Center, SECA Administrator Cindy Dixon, IDOC Director Michael P. Randle, Special Olympian Daniel Olsen (front), Area Director Special Olympics Illinois/Sangamon County Darrin Burnett, SECA Board Member Brigitte Smith (front), Chief of Programs and Support Services Roberta Fews, SECA Ambassadors Melodie Ainslie of Centralia Correctional Center, Judy Wyatt of Danville Correctional Center and Tamilla Patton of Jacksonville Correctional Center.

SPRINGFIELD – April 1, 2010 – State and University Employees Combined Appeal (SECA) ambassadors of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) were recognized for their outstanding efforts in educating employees about the gift of giving to the SECA Campaign at a banquet held today at IDOC general headquarters.  For the ninth consecutive year, IDOC has been the highest giving agency to SECA.  This year, IDOC employees donated more than $280,000.

In his remarks, IDOC Director Michael P. Randle pointed out that the assistance the charities provide to thousands of people is critical during such tough economic times.  Because of the exceptional participation of IDOC employees, hundreds of programs are receiving support.

“Through your generosity, you have helped lighten the load for those who are struggling and have strengthened our communities to become better places to live,” Randle said.

Honorary guests included SECA Administrator Cindy Dixon, Area Director Special Olympics Illinois/Sangamon County Darrin Burnett and Special Olympian Daniel Olsen.

During the event, Chief of Programs and Support Services Roberta Fews and others expressed their appreciation and talked about the importance of reaching out to help others.

Deputy Director Northern Region Eddie Jones presented $25,000 Plus Club Awards to ambassadors Melodie Ainslie of Centralia Correctional Center, Judy Wyatt of Danville Correctional Center and Stacey McDannald and Tamilla Patton of Jacksonville Correctional Center.

Others providing remarks included SECA Board Member Brigitte Smith, Head IDOC SECA Ambassador Marcy Morris and Victim Services Coordinator Cherri Harp, all of IDOC General Headquarters and IDOC SECA Ambassador Stacey McDannald, retired sergeant from Jacksonville Correctional Center.

For more information about SECA and its member charities, log on to the SECA web site at www.secaillinois.org.

SECA 2009 Daniel Olsen
Special Olympian Daniel Olsen (middle) presents remarks at IDOC’s 2009 SECA Ambassador Recognition Banquet.  Olsen received two gold medals in regional and one bronze medal in state running event competitions.  Featured left is his running coach, Dustie Spradlin, and right is Area Director Special Olympics Illinois/Sangamon County Darrin Burnett.