Story and photos by Lt. Michael Tuntakit, AA/Public Information Officer
Avenal State Prison

Avenal State Prison’s (ASP) Employee Action Committee (EAC) rolled out the fun for staff with a Sept. 14 lunch and festivities, all for good causes – to help staff in need, give scholarships and support a children’s hospital.

Warden Scott Frauenheim and his executive staff from Pleasant Valley State Prison were also on scene to show their support.

Included was a free lunch for everyone donated by funds raised by the EAC. Several vendors were invited to be on grounds along with a dunk tank where supervisors and managers were encouraged to take a plunge.

Warden Rosemary Ndoh, Chief Deputy Warden Paul Vera and Chief Executive Officer Donald McElroy were present to show their pitching skills. Both CDW Vera and CEO McElroy were caught off guard with some star pitchers getting back at them while in the tank. There were many other dunked guests who contributed to help raise money for staff in need at ASP. The EAC uses the funds raised to help staff going through difficult times, give scholarships, and put together events such as the annual holiday party.

Warden Ndoh and CDW Vera gave out awards to employees recognizing 25 years of service.

The EAC also presented the “Shave the Brave” event where staff volunteered to shave their head to raise money for Valley Children’s Hospital. The shaved heads are meant to bring awareness to the children faced with many challenges throughout their cancer journey. All proceeds raised from this event were donated to the Valley Children’s Hospital Foundation.

All staff from all watches was offered free lunch, supervisors and managers passed out lunch to all watches.

Organizers thanked CCSO, CCPOA, SEIU, CCWA and ASP’s Peer Support Team for their sponsorship and donations.