Locks, Salem Residents Awarded For Work with State’s Charitable Organization
For immediate release
June 16, 2008
Denise Worster of Windsor Locks and Karin Marquis of Salem, co-chairs of the
Department of Labor’s State Connecticut State Employees’ Campaign (CSEC) have
been awarded the 2008 Sherbie Worthen Volunteer Recognition Award for their
outstanding efforts in raising funds for local charity.
Worster, a 21-year Labor Department
employee in the agency’s Job Development Unit, and Marquis, a 15-year employee
with the Employer Status unit, were recognized during the CSEC’s annual year-end
wrap-up event held at Middlesex Community College in Middletown.
The CSEC, which provides employees in
the more than 100 state agencies with an opportunity to contribute to various
charities, exceeded its $1.9 million goal for 2006-2007 by raising a
record-breaking $2 million.
Worster and Marquis, who recently
concluded their second consecutive year as head of the Labor Department’s CSEC
program, were honored after leading a successful campaign that resulted in the
agency and its employees raising $93,584.50.
Open to employees
in the more than 100 state agencies, the Connecticut State Employees' Campaign
for Charitable Giving is comprised of nine federations, each with member
non-profit charities such as the American Red Cross, The Connecticut Food Bank,
the United Way and Pro Literacy Worldwide.
According to CSEC
Director Jan Gwudz, “the CSEC provides an opportunity
for Connecticut’s state employees to contribute to more than 900 charities.
Those charities cover a wide array of vital services including shelter for the
homeless, protection of the environment, research for cures of diseases, and
care for both children and seniors -- to name only a small number. Contributions
can be made to the CSEC in the form of weekly payroll deductions or through
one-time gifts. Their contributions have made a significant and positive
including the Labor Department, reached all-time record high totals in terms of
donations, noted Sherbie Worthen, who made the presentation to Worster and
Worthen is a
retired Senior Vice President of United Way Services and Government Relations at
the United Way of Connecticut in Rocky Hill. One of the original founders of the
CSEC, she helped draft the campaign’s regulations that were passed into law in
“The award that is
named in my honor is given to a state agency or individuals with the enthusiasm
needed to make an employee campaign successful,” she noted. “Labor Department
employees realized this significant increase, and in large part this was due to
Denise and Karin’s hard work. They organized vendor and bake sales to raise
thousands of dollars, and most importantly, made sure that each employee
received a pledge card and directory of charitable organizations. We
congratulate them for their dedication to helping others, and many thanks to the
entire Labor Department for their participation in the CSEC.”
Media Contact: Nancy
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