Correctional Officer’s memory lives on through clay shooting fundraiser

SATF Correctional Officer Curtis Hevener, left, hands a check to Michael Moreland. The check was a $3,000 dollar donation made to the foundation from the California Crime Victims Coalition.

SATF Correctional Officer Curtis Hevener, left, hands a check to Michael Moreland. The check was a $3,000 dollar donation made to the foundation from the California Crime Victims Coalition.

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor

Correctional Officer Jeffrey Moreland’s life took a drastic turn in late 2011 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. His Substance Abuse Treatment Facility coworkers set up a time bank so his family wouldn’t financially suffer while he missed work.

At the time, Officer Moreland said he was touched by everyone’s generosity and he wanted to be able to give back to others in need. For 13 months, he underwent treatment but in November 2012, he lost his fight with cancer. Michael, his brother, is fulfilling his brother’s dying wish to give back to the community.

Correctional Officer Jeffrey Moreland lost his battle with cancer in November 2012.

Correctional Officer Jeffrey Moreland lost his battle with cancer in November 2012.

On Oct. 17 in Bakersfield at 5 Dogs Range, the second Big Mo Sporting Clay Shootout will be held to raise money to help local families who are battling cancer.

Registration is at 8 a.m. and the shoot starts at 9. The cost is $85 per shooter or a team is $425.

According to the organizers, the event consists of a Sporting Clay Shotgun Shoot (for shooters of all skill levels), tri-tip lunch (included for all shooters) and games with prizes.

“The event is a great way to raise money to help local families in their fight against cancer; as well as giving friends, family and coworkers of my brother a fun way to honor him through giving back to something so dear to his heart,” said Michael Moreland, a Personnel Specialist at North Kern State Prison.

The first event proved successful.

“We were able to raise over $21,000 dollars which we donated back to Kern County families fighting cancer. We donated $3,000 apiece to seven families. Two of our families were right here from North Kern State Prison,” he said. “We also received a large donation from the California Crime Victims Coalition. Our geographical criteria for our families has expanded to include Kern, Kings, Tulare and Fresno counties.”

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Learn more at NoMoCancer.com.

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8 Responses

  1. Rosa Maya Wednesday, October 14, 2015 / 9:48 am

    Father God bless this event and every person from the organizer to the one who either donates, participates, cooks. supports to the receiving families. I pray abundant blessing and a double portion be poured out. Mike, may the Lord bless you and your family for your work and acts of kindness. I pray this all in the Name of Jesus.

  2. Steve McLaughlin Tuesday, October 13, 2015 / 9:36 am

    Jeff was a great partner and even better person. He made a positive impact on my career and the career of many other Officers. It’s awesome to see Big Mo remembered and honored by so many. His personality and heart were larger than life. Great work to all involved.

  3. R. Cuellar Friday, October 9, 2015 / 9:49 am

    Great to see this organized event in honor of Officer Moreland. He was a great Officer to work with.
    Excellent work, Hevener. Looks like a success.

  4. Robert Dean Friday, October 9, 2015 / 8:38 am

    Jeff Moreland captured a piece of the hearts of those who had the privilege and honor of knowing and working with him. Curt and Jeff were as close as any brothers can be. Jeff is missed everyday and Curt honors Jeff in this special way. Curt and Jeff are honorable men, the world needs more men like them.
    R.I.P. Jeff

  5. John wilson Thursday, October 8, 2015 / 6:38 am

    So sorry to hear the passing of Correctional Officer Moreland. He was a good officer, friend and partner.
    Thank you guys for doing so much for so many. Keep up the good work.

  6. Stephen Smith Wednesday, October 7, 2015 / 9:48 am

    It’s great to see Curt Hevener continue to honor Mo with these fundraisers. We all appreciate what you are doing Curt, thank you.

    • Curt Hevener Thursday, October 8, 2015 / 8:59 pm

      Thanks Steve. It’s all about making Jeff’s wish of helping others battling cancer come true over & over again!

  7. J. Carrillo Wednesday, October 7, 2015 / 9:24 am

    What a fantastic way to honor Officer Moreland while simultaneously helping out other families as their loved ones battle cancer! Praying for another very successful event.

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