By Therese Giannelli, Community Resources Manager, CSP-Sacramento,
Capt. (A) Marlaina Dernoncourt, CSP-Solano,
and Capt. Darren Chamberlain, Correctional Training Facility
Staff from California State Prison, Sacramento (CSP-SAC), Correctional Training Facility at Soledad (CTF), Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) and CSP-Solano (CSP-SOL) recently held Tip-A-Cop fundraisers at area restaurants to benefit Special Olympics.
CSP-SAC staff donned aprons at Chili’s in Sacramento, raising over $1,500.
CSP-SOL staff did the same at Chili’s in Vacaville and raised over $500. Even a local news station turned up to cover the event.
CTF and SVSP staff offered up grub at Black Bear Diner in Salinas. Drumming up support for the officers during the event were Special Olympic athletes Jock Mayes and Joynelle Armer. The event was facilitated by 17 peace officers who spent the evening serving as waiters, greeters, and table attendants to the restaurant’s customers. By the end of the evening, the volunteers raised $756 in tips during three hours of service. In addition to the tips, Black Bear Diner generously donated an additional 10 percent of the entire day’s earnings, raising the total amount to $1,239. CTF Warden (A) Shawn Hatton and his wife attended the event as patrons.
“In my brief time as warden at CTF, I have been absolutely amazed at the generosity of the staff here, how they always come together for a good cause,” said Warden Hatton. “When we can work together as team with the partnership of our neighbor (SVSP), everyone wins.”
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See the KCRA news video report: https://www.kcra.com/news/correctional-officers-hold-fundraiser-at-vacaville-restaurant/39528044
About Special Olympics Northern California
Special Olympics Northern California is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. There are 19,940 athletes who compete in 198 competitions throughout the region in 12 sports. Included in that figure are 9,385 special education student-athletes who have Special Olympics in the classroom through our Schools Partnership Program. Special Olympics require the extraordinary support and time of 20,000 volunteers and volunteer coaches. Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. For more information on Special Olympics Northern California, visit www.SONC.org.