By Eddie Escober, Community Resources Manager
Mule Creek State Prison
Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) staff and inmates raised $30,000 for the Special Olympics of Northern California in fundraising activities from May to September.
In a check presentation in October, Special Olympics Director Ruth Sanchez expressed her astonishment and appreciation for MCSP’s fundraising efforts and congratulated MCSP with being CDCR’s top fund raising institution for 2015.
“It is truly inspiring to be part of an organization where there are so many giving hearts for those extraordinary athletes who participate in the Special Olympics,” said Warden Joe A. Lizarraga. “I give a special thanks to Subway of Ione, Ione Police Department, Hensel Phelps Construction, the Chicano Correctional Workers Association and to all the inmates and their families who donated to such a great organization such as the Special Olympics.”
In only MCSP’s second year of fundraising, the effort was a unique collaborative between MCSP staff, local law enforcement, Ione businesses and the inmate population. Between staff BBQs, inmate food sales, and many other activities, MCSP was able to exceed its ambitious goal by more than tripling the $8,200 raised in 2014.
“Giving back to the Northern California Special Olympics is truly an honor and a privilege. I applaud MCSP for taking the lead on such a great cause and look forward to our continued partnership,” said Tooraja Agahi, owner of Subway of Ione.
“It has been a great year for fundraising. We were able to help many others in need as well,” Warden Lizarraga said.
In addition to the funds for the Northern California Special Olympics, the institution has raised thousands of dollars in the last six months for various other charitable causes. This incldues $20,000 raised for the late Correctional Officer Roy Chavez, who donated the money to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Program. MCSP also raised $18,000 for victims of the Butte Fire.