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(INDIANAPOLIS) – State employees are raising money for hundreds of charities through the end of October.

Then-Governor Evan Bayh created the State Employees Community Campaign nearly 30 years ago. Many of Indiana’s 70 or so executive branch agencies have picked a preferred charity to raise money for during the nine-week State Employees Community Campaign. But workers can pick any qualified organization to donate to.

Workers can give through payroll deductions or make pledges to go to the designated charity of the winners in a series of agency-versus-agency competitions, including a three-on-three basketball tournament at the governor’s mansion, a tug-of-war, and a lip sync battle.

State personnel director Matthew Brown says the campaign raised $1.4 million last year for 1,600 groups. They’re aiming for $1.5 million this year.