By Lt. Kelli Madsen, AA/Public Information Officer
Ironwood State Prison
On Saturday, July 18, Ironwood State Prison participated in the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics alongside other runners from Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, various law enforcement agencies from around the world, and Special Olympics athletes.
The runners carried the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through the city of Blythe, ending at City Hall where a ceremony was held in their honor.
During the ceremony, acting ISP Warden Neil McDowell and ISP Community Resources Manager Carey Ochs presented the athletes a donation in the amount of $11,468.64.
This donation to the Special Olympics was raised by inmates who held Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group (ILTAG) fundraisers. The Self-Help Groups that participated in raising the funds included, Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous, Addiction Counseling Program, Lifer’s Group, and Criminals and Gangs Anonymous.
The Southern California Torch Run is one of the leading programs in the world, having raised nearly $1.4 million in 2014.