Event boasts 30 runners from O.H. Close, N.A. Chaderjian facilities
By Joe Orlando, CDCR Public Information Officer
The Color Run, billed by organizers as “the single largest event series in the world,” was recently held at O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (YCF) in Stockton. The 5K run involved several juvenile offenders, lots of stamina and plenty of colored powder used by volunteers to shower on the runners.
The fundraiser brought in $1,600 collected by 30 runners and others at O.H. Close and nearby N.A. Chaderjian YCF.
Joyce Tuhn, with the Victims of Violent Crimes in San Joaquin County, comes to the Color Run every year to hold signs supporting the runners. The funds will be donated to the organization.
“This is important to me. My daughter was killed by a drunk juvenile driver in 1999 (and), so I want to remember her through this,” Tuhn explained.
Katie Henne, a Parole Agent who heads Victim Services for O.H. Close and N.A. Chaderjian, said fundraisers such as these are vital in the rehabilitation of young offenders.
“They’re helping victims. They need to show that they’re sorry,” she said. “I deal with victims all the time. I tell the youth, you can’t go back and undo what you did, but through your efforts, you can honor those who you’ve hurt and their families.”
One of those attending was Gladys Jackson, known to the youth as Grandma Jackson.
She and others involved with the Foster Grandparent program donated money.
“This is good for them. They need to help the victim, and know what they did was wrong,” Jackson said. “They pay out through restitution, but this is just another way to help those they’ve hurt.”
Color was everywhere at the event. All the runners wore colorful T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan, “Paint me crazy.” Seven different colors of powder filled the air. The runners also wore different colored sunglasses.
One of the runners said he was honoring a family member.
“I chose the pink shades to honor my grandma who’s fighting breast cancer,” Marvin said.
Seven color stations were scattered around the outside of the quarter-mile track. The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) was represented along with the various workers at the two juvenile facilities.
The Color Run was just one of many events the youth at O.H. Close participated in during Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 19-25.
Every day there was a Moment of Silence to remember the victims. There was also a bake sale with all the proceeds going to victims in San Joaquin County.
A few of the youth attended the District Attorney Victim Witness Room Dedication ceremony at the San Joaquin District Attorney’s office. It was part of the San Joaquin County Victim-Witness Program and Victim of Violent Crimes Support Group and their efforts to recognize Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
“They can’t make money like a lot of teenagers can, but they can still collect a few bucks here and there. Every little bit helps, and just as important, they are acknowledging they have hurt someone, and they’re making an effort to do the right thing,” Henne said.
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Learn more about the Color Run organization, https://thecolorrun.com/