By Lupe Cartagena
A chance meeting at a Correctional Peace Officer’s Foundation (CPOF) meeting in San Antonio in June 2011 led to a golf tournament hosted by SATF staff this spring that raised $5,000 for the foundation.
The foundation is to support the families of Correctional Officers who have lost their lives protecting the public. It also offers a catastrophic assistance program. In the event of illness or injury to a Correctional Officer or family member, financial assistance may be provided if extensive travel is involved in obtaining treatment or therapy.
Sgt. Jennifer Martins of the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility was invited to the CPOF’s annual Fallen Officers Memorial last year.
During a barbecue at the annual meeting, the SATF group met two correctional employees from Texas. One of them told about a golf tournament hosted by a group of facilities in his region to raise funds for CPOF.
Jennifer Martins suggested that one institution – SATF – could host a golf tournament and raise more. So, after returning from Texas the group of SATF staff members started meeting once a month to plan the fund-raiser.
On April 21, friends and family from SATF and CSP-Corcoran participated in the “Taking Care of Our Own” Golf Tournament at Ridge Creek Golf Course in Dinuba. Fund-raising efforts also included a raffle.
On June 9, Sgt. Jennifer Martins along with several other SATF employees flew to Washington, D.C., and presented CPOF with a $5,000 check, earning SATF recognition as a “Life Time Member.”
None of it would have been possible without the help of the committee; volunteers on the day of the tournament – Anthony Souza, Andrea Miranda, Mary Williamson, Patty Vryhoff, Yvonne Keenan and Stephanie Souza;  and many generous sponsors and donors.
Photo above: (from left) Tim Ault, Texas Department of Corrections, and SATF staff members Pat Day, Jennifer Martins, and Manual Martins are shown with CPOF plaques, which will be given to Warden Ralph M. Diaz for his support of the golf tournament.

Editor’s note: This story was updated or corrected on July 5, 2012