From left are Chief Deputy Warden (A) Steve Cagle, Linda Powell, Heather Garrison, Jo Vice, Jill Atkinson, Claudia Ng, Christy Rose, Joanne Darlington, Warden Suzanne Peery and Camp Division Associate Warden Jason Stiles.

By Lt. Charlene Billings, AA/PIO
California Correctional Center

The California Correctional Center and High Rock Conservation Camp were involved in a fundraiser hosted by the Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms, to support our military, veteran mission and Angel Bike. The High Rock Conservation Camp donated two hand-crafted chairs for the raffle which took place at the Duathlon Event on Sept. 16.

High Rock Conservation Camp in Weott has a CALFIRE wood-working shop that produces high quality products. Inmates  at the wood-working shop are responsible for milling and curing redwood lumber before it is assembled into tables, benches, signs, jewelry boxes and chairs.

The chairs were donated for the Duathlon event, and were made from wood donated from state parks in full log form. Each board is milled, assembled and then fabricated into the chairs. The process takes approximately 10 to 15 hours per chair.

The Blue Star Cougar Challenge Duathlon was a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, Inc. The Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms raise funds for various projects to support active duty military and veterans. (Blue Star Mothers of America is a private nonprofit organization in the United States that provides support for mothers who have sons or daughters in active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.)

Projects include Main Street Banners, Honor Flight, Home For Our Troops, Angel Bike, care packages for deployed service members, homeless veteran food baskets, veteran holiday goody bags, Veterans Affairs clinic, Operation Surf, support other veterans service organizations as well as supporting each other.