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SUNY Cortland’s 2012-13 State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign raised $52,028 this year, an extraordinary amount given there were fewer donors and the challenging economic climate.

The total amount of gifts pledged increased by $298, reported SEFA Campaign Co-Chair Lori Porter, secretary II in the School of Professional Studies’ dean’s office. She co-chaired the campaign with Mavis Lefever, secretary I in Campus Activities and Corey Union.

“It impresses me to know that so many employees across campus were willing to contribute to the SEFA campaign this year,” said Porter. “Last year’s contributions, coupled with funds raised through other United Way campaigns, allowed the United Way to help more than 32,000 county residents. I’m confident that with the additional funds raised this year, even more people will be able to benefit from our employees’ generosity.”

The campaign, which relies upon state employee volunteers to canvas co-workers for donations, kicked off on Oct. 11 and continued until Oct. 26. The only authorized fund-raising campaign among state workers, SEFA is directed by United Way of Cortland County and unites fundraising efforts for a group of agencies under a common umbrella.