Central California Women’s Facility takes steps for Torch Run

A $7,700 donation was made to Special Olympics. From left are Lt. Lilly Dawson, CBM Joe Ordaz, SONC Senior Director Ruth Sanchez, Sgt. Bertha Zepeda, Special Olympics athlete Cody, Warden Deborah Johnson and Capt. S. Zawolkow.

A $7,700 donation was made to Special Olympics. From left are Lt. Lilly Dawson, CBM Joe Ordaz, SONC Senior Director Ruth Sanchez, Sgt. Bertha Zepeda, Special Olympics athlete Cody, Warden Deborah Johnson and Capt. Sholem Zawolkow.

CCWF staff, inmates donate $7,700 to charitable organization

By Lt. Brian Davi, AA/Public Information Officer
Central California Women’s Facility

The Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) staff and inmates took the Special Olympics of Northern California (SONC) Torch Run to a completely new level for 2015.

Warden Johnson, Chief Deputy Warden Sonja Bodiford and the CCWF Special Olympics of Northern California Torch Run Team were all smiles.

Warden Johnson, Chief Deputy Warden Sonja Bodiford and the CCWF Special Olympics of Northern California Torch Run Team are all smiles.

Warden Deborah K. Johnson and Correctional Business Manager (CBM) Joe Ordaz, who is the CCWF Special Olympics Torch Run Team Leader, presented a donation of $7,700 to the Special Olympics of Northern California. The donation was raised through several CCWF staff fundraisers. Additionally, CCWF inmates who are members of various Inmate Leisure Time Activity Groups (ILTAG), pitched in their profits from a recent fundraiser to the Special Olympics of Northern California on behalf of CCWF.

On June 16, CBM Joe Ordaz assembled a team of 14 dedicated staff from CCWF to run alongside three Special Olympic athletes and several different Law Enforcement agencies from Madera County.

The Torch Run began in Madera and runners crossed the finished line carrying the Special Olympic Torch in Chowchilla after completing the 23-mile run throughout Madera County.

Warden Johnson, a strong supporter of the Special Olympics, allowed a number of CCWF staff to participate and show their support by cheering on the team as they carried the Torch near CCWF.

“CCWF is proud to be one of many Law Enforcement agencies supporting our special athletics. I am very proud of CCWF’s staff who participated in this event. Good job team,” said Warden Johnson.

People show their support for the Torch Run.

People show their support for the Torch Run.

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1 Response

  1. Lt. M. D. Williams, CCWF Monday, June 29, 2015 / 8:35 am

    Awesome story. This is a great article and example of how Central California Women’s Facility Staff makes a difference in our community at large. Great pictures. Keep up the great work! Way to make an impact.

    M. D. Williams, CCWF

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