Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente presented a check for nearly $1.275 to the American Cancer Society today.

The money was raised by county employees during March through colon cancer awareness bracelets that were sold during a dress down day.

“Once again our employees have demonstrated considerable generosity when it comes to helping their fellow community members,” said Picente, who was personally featured in Public Service Announcements that encouraged colon cancer screenings. “While colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in this country, it is extremely preventable and I’m very proud that we have played a part in helping to raise that awareness.”

The County Health Department coordinated a number of events during Colorectal Awareness Month.

The County Office Building was also lit up in blue during March to contribute to the awareness.