SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Officials say Illinois’ state agency and university employees raised about $2.6 million for charity during a 2010 campaign.

The State and University Employee Combined Appeal, also called SECA, recently held an awards ceremony to recognize more than three dozen agencies that met or exceeded projected goals of workplace charity.

Gov. Pat Quinn even declared Thursday as SECA Day.

Lieutenant Gov. Sheila Simon says state employees responded to the call of helping others despite the difficult economy and financial constraints that many people face.

The SECA Campaign allows state and university employees to make contributions to the charity of their choice through payroll deductions or cash.

SECA has raised more than $53 million since it was created in 1983.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.


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