ORDA employee wins Governor's Award

LAKE PLACID - The State Employees Federated Appeal is currently being conducted across the North Country. The annual campaign targets state employees and provides them with an opportunity to pledge contributions to a wide variety of local, national and international charities.

The United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties Inc. coordinates the SEFA campaign in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties. The campaign is overseen and operated by a regional SEFA committee comprised of representatives from state agencies, state facilities, unions and management from throughout the four counties.

The committee recently nominated Ken White, a marketing assistant at the Olympic Regional Development Authority and member of the regional committee, to win the Governor's Award for his outstanding work on the campaign.

"I couldn't have won this award without the support of everyone at ORDA and my colleagues on the SEFA Committee," White said.

The annual award is granted to individuals or groups who demonstrate outstanding commitment and dedication to advancing the SEFA campaign within their region.

"Ken has helped create an opportunity to recognize that ORDA is part of a bigger puzzle and that we are dedicated to the community and to the entire region," said ORDA chief executive officer Ted Blazer.

The last Governor's Award was granted to Mary Vann, Cheryl Constanty and Maxine Brooks of the Clinton Correctional Facility. There are approximately 8,326 state employees in the four-county area. Last year, the SEFA committee was successful in raising $197,054.50 among state employees for participating charities and federations.

Wayne Rabideau, an employee at Altona Correctional Facility and member of the Public Employee Federation Union, said "state employees in this area are very generous and caring people and our committee does a great job raising much needed dollars for important purposes."

"Ken White is a great example of this," added Rabideau, who also serves as the committee chair and loaned executive for the campaign.

This year, the committee, which also includes representatives from charities, is hoping to raise more than $200,000.

"The SEFA campaign is a great asset to our community and beyond. I am very proud to be a part of it and to work with a great group of people," said John C. Bernardi, executive director of the local United Way.

For more information about the SEFA campaign and the United Way, visit www.unitedwayce.org.

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