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SECA Ambassadors Recognized 

SPRINGFIELD – March 14, 2012 – At a banquet held today at the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC)general headquarters, agency State and University Employees Combined Appeal (SECA) ambassadors were recognized for their outstanding efforts in educating employees about the gift of giving to the SECA Campaign and their implementation of the annual campaign.  The SECA Campaign presents opportunities for those involved in state service to contribute their financial support, time and talents to charitable causes.  For the 11th consecutive year, IDOC has been the highest giving agency to SECA. This year, IDOC employees donated more than $254,000 and IDOC is being recognized with the Sustainable Giver Award.   

IDOC Director S.A. Godinez commended the agency’s employees for their historical generous giving in supporting charities that help thousands of people.

“IDOC employees have an exceptional record for helping those in need and the SECA Campaign serves as an excellent example of their generosity and support,” said Godinez.  “Every day, IDOC employees go to work to ensure public safety and every year, they continue to support SECA by demonstrating their willingness to help others.  Because of their exceptional participation, hundreds of programs receive support during these tough economic times.”

Honorary guests included Scout Executive & CEO of the Abraham Lincoln Council Boy Scouts of America Daniel O’Brien and SECA Administrator Cindy Dixon.

During the banquet, awards were presented to three correctional centers for their noteworthy efforts of giving during the SECA Campaign.  Danville Correctional Center was honored with the Outstanding Award; Centralia Correctional Center was presented the Sustainable Award, and Jacksonville Correctional Center was recognized with the Exceptional Award.

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


IDOC SECA Ambassadors were recognized for their efforts during the 2011 SECA Campaign.
Three IDOC Correctional Centers recieved awards for their noteworthy efforts of giving in the 2011 SECA campaign.  From left are Brigitte Smith,IDOC SECA Ambassador; Melodie Ainslie, Centralia Correctional Center; Judy Wyatt, Danville Correctional Center; Director S.A. Godinez; Tamilia Patton, Jacksonville Correctional Center; Assistant Director Gladyse C. Taylor; Sytera Lynn Sanders, coach of IDOC 1st Place SECA Basketball Team; and Chief of Constituent Services Jaclyn O'Day