Madera Probation officer joins CDCR in Special Olympics fundraiser
By Lt. Matthew Osborn, AA/Public Information Officer
Valley State Prison
Valley State Prison (VSP) staff organized a Polar Plunge Team to help support the 2015 Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) Torch Run.
VSP staff who participated in in the 2015 Fresno Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 14, at Bullard High School in Fresno were Officer C. Ballam, Team Captain; and Lt. K. Diaz as plungers.
Marilu Ramirez, Friends Outside, Case Manager; and Carrie Critchlow, CCII, Litigation Coordinator from VSP, were on hand to support and help organize the team. In addition, they were joined by Veronica Huerta, Probation Officer for Madera County Probation Department, as a plunger.
Their generous efforts in addition to the donations they obtained will go to support the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and VSP’s efforts to raise money for the athletes in this year’s 2015 Special Olympics.
The VSP Polar Plunge Team proceeds went directly to the Fresno Polar Plunge 2015 to help raise over $13,000.
By plunging and/or donating funds, the VSP Polar Plunge Team was able to help SONC in their efforts to continue to showcase the capabilities and achievements of dynamic, talented individuals who wish to participate in the 2015 Special Olympics, Northern California.
The Polar Plunge was not a swim, but a whole body plunge into a cold pool. Events like The Polar Plunge help by providing the funds needed to ensure that the Special Olympics can occur each year and help build the confidence and pride instilled in athletes as a result of their participation which carries over into their everyday lives, making them contributing community members, according to organizers.
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Learn more about Special Olympics, https://www.sonc.org/