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Windsor Locks, Salem Residents Awarded For Work with State’s Charitable Organization

For immediate release
June 16, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, 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 difference.”  

Several agencies, including the Labor Department, reached all-time record high totals in terms of donations, noted Sherbie Worthen, who made the presentation to Worster and Marquis.  

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 1992.  

“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 Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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