The event coordinators pose with the CASA banner and a peace sign. The peace sign was covered with handwritten thoughts from inmates and staff.

By Lt. Michael Betzinger, AA/Public Information Officer
Kern Valley State Prison

Recently, staff at Kern Valley State Prison worked with inmates on Facility C to raise $2,912 for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Tulare County.

The Music Appreciation Band played for those attending the fundraiser.

CASA is a local non-profit organization started in 1984 with the collective goal of supporting abused and neglected children who may otherwise be overlooked or “lost in the system.”

Sgt. Robert Rodriguez worked with the inmates who oversee the monthly Facility C publication known as the “Pioneer” to organize the Peace Day event.

In all, 142 inmates donated funds to CASA which entitled them to participate in 12 competitive events to include push-ups, pull-ups, three-point contest, a weighted wheelbarrow race and a football toss for accuracy.

Additionally, art was on display while the Music Appreciation Group Band played for the fundraiser participants.

This event would not have been a success without the hard work and dedication of all involved, according to organizers.

Head-to-head competition on the weighted wheelbarrow race.