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DOC Participates in SECA Auto Show

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October 03, 2023 12:00 AM
By: Dwayne Heckert, DOC Legislative Liaison

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​Several Harrisburg-based state agencies came together to launch the 2023 State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) campaign.  This year's SECA Kickoff was held on Sept. 13 at Soldiers Grove Park, part of the PA Capital Complex. As part of the day's activities, each participating agency was tasked with coming up with a fundraiser. Several volunteers from different agencies provided food, baked goods, tropical flowers, plants, a book sale, and raffles. The Office of Administration had a "dunk tank" allowing participants to "sink the leadership" of OA. A DJ spun the records to "pump up the volume" and energize the attendees.

The DOC teamed up with the PA Department of General Services (DGS) to be part of the SECA Auto Show. Held for the past decade, the show allows Commonwealth employees to display their favorite wheels. Any new, classic or antique vehicle, truck, motorcycle or anything else with wheels can be in the show. One year a tractor arrived. This year, the DOC Inmate Transport Bus made an appearance! The DOC bus proved to be of particular interest with the DOC Central Office team of Craig McEwen, Kiley Palson and Erin Brown providing tours throughout the day.

Erin Brown, Craig McEwen and Kiley Palson stand in front of a DOC bus while holding a trophy and license plate.

The show featured a wide variety of vehicles from various eras. There were Corvettes, Mustangs, trucks, Audis, Cadillacs, Cobras, Challengers, vintage motorcycles and even a Lamborghini. One of the newest vehicles that received a number of questions and looks was a 2023 Lucid Air, an all-electric vehicle with nearly 1100 HP. Representing the DOC at the kickoff was Sec. Laurel Harry.

Bureau of Intelligence and Investigations Director James Barnacle displayed his Volkswagen Beetle and 1966 Mustang. He was joined by BII Agents Jim Sadler and Amanda Witiack. Legislative Liaison Dwayne Heckert brought a 1999 Mercedes SLK Sport Coupe. In addition to driving the bus, Craig McEwen brought his white Audi to the show.

Event attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorite vehicles by placing cash donations into a jar in front of each entrant. Each dollar raised counted as a vote. Generally, the car shows have raised donations around $1,000 through show registrations and voting. This year it went to a new record level as everyone pulled out their wallets and voted and continued to vote right up until the very end. After tallying the registrations and votes, the grand total raised for SECA was $1,481!

When the votes were tallied, to everyone's surprise, a round of applause went to the DOC's Inmate Transport Bus which was the most popular set of wheels. Craig McEwen, Kiley Palson and Erin Brown proudly accepted the trophy on behalf of the DOC. The bus was "crowned" the winner by placing a SECA Car Show license plate on the front of it.  Second place went to Joella Jerome from the Office of Administration (OA) for her 1966 Ford Mustang.

A trophy made out of car parts that says "9th Annual SECA Auto Show 1st Place"

New this year was the SECA Car Show License Plates that were provided to each participant. The plate, designed and donated by PA Correctional Industries, proved to be a popular addition to the show resulting in increased registrations. Many thanks to the PCI team that provided the commemorative SECA license plates. They were a hit with the vehicle owners and helped to make this year's show the most successful in its history, generating record donations for SECA.

A custom license plate for the 2023 SECA Auto Show.

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