This year, prison plans to double fundraising

By Eddie V. Escobar, Community Resources Manager
Mule Creek State Prison

In July, Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) began its fundraising campaign to benefit the Northern California Special Olympics.

MCSP staff members intend to remain one of the a top five contributors for CDCR by more than doubling the $8,200 raised in 2014.

MCSP kicked off its campaign with the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

MCSP partnered with the Ione Police Department, Ione Fire Department and the Amador County Sheriff’s Department to run the more than 5K event. The run drew 75 participants who ran or walked the 5K route from MCSP to downtown Ione, where Clark’s Corner restaurant provided complimentary refreshment and snacks. Clark’s Corner has committed to assist MCSP with their fundraising and hosted a barbeque fundraiser for MCSP staff. All proceeds went to the Special Olympics campaign.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run saw 75 walk or run the 5K from Mule Creek State Prison to downtown Ione.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run saw 75 walk or run the 5K from Mule Creek State Prison to downtown Ione.

Inspired by Special Olympics’ International Athlete of the Year, Karissa Trinchera, MCSP inmates also eagerly sought out opportunities to get involved in Special Olympics fundraising. The inmates organized and held two runs, the Run for Change and the Father’s Day Run.

To commence the inmates’ fundraising activities, Karissa Trinchera and MCSP Capt. Robert Roy ran a lap on each facility as an expression of MCSP’s and the Special Olympics’ appreciation to the inmate population for their support for Special Olympics.

The inmates also participated in an all-yard food sale fundraiser, hosted by Fancy Donuts. The business donated 30 percent of their profits to the Special Olympics.

Mule Creek SP inmates got involved to help raise funds for Special Olympics, organizing two runs. Front and center is Special Olympics athlete Karissa Trinchera.

Mule Creek SP inmates got involved to help raise funds for Special Olympics, organizing two runs. Front and center is Special Olympics athlete Karissa Trinchera.

On July 11, Clark’s Corner hosted a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser. MCSP partnered with the Ione Police Department to raise funds and show public support for the Special Olympics.

Warden Joe Lizarraga said, “I am so proud of our staff that have so graciously reached into their hearts and their pockets to support the Special Olympics. I am also very proud of the local law enforcement agencies that have partnered with us to support such a great organization.”

Warden Joe Lizarraga joined other law enforcement leaders for a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Clark's Corner.

Warden Joe Lizarraga joined other law enforcement leaders for a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Clark’s Corner.