The Minnesota State Employees Combined Charities Campaign presented their 2011 donations in support of Minnesota charities. The donations, totaling $842,639.13, will benefit 39 charitable federations working in communities across the state to support vital health, education, arts, and social service programs. The campaign consists of 2,320 state employees that chose to donate a portion of their paycheck towards a charitable organization via payroll deduction. Lt. Governor Prettner Solon, the honorary chairperson of the campaign, presented the ‘big check’ to 10 federation representatives. “I am so proud of our state employee workforce.” Prettner Solon said, “The willingness to give their time, energy, and a portion of their paycheck to these wonderful organizations is an example of their extraordinary commitment to serve the public and to make Minnesota a better place.” The event also recognized four state employees with individual ‘Hero Awards’ for their commitment to the campaign.