By Eddie Escobar, Community Resources Manager
Mule Creek state Prison

For the third straight year, Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) reached its fundraising goal and raised $35,000 in 2017 for the Special Olympics of Northern California (SONC). At the beginning of 2017, MCSP set its target at reaching the $100,000 milestone for overall fundraising since 2014. MCSP not only reached its target, they surpassed the goal by $5000, raising $105,000 in overall fundraising since 2014.

“Mule Creek has done amazing work for the Special Olympics,” said SONC Director Katie Ostrom. “Through Mule Creek’s leadership in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and inmate fundraising, they have inspired other institutions in CDCR to expand fundraising.”

In 2014, MCSP organized its first Law Enforcement Torch Run with only 15 participants. Over the past few years, the event has grown considerably with almost 200 participants who ran or walked in last year’s 5k route.

“When Mule Creek asked me to participate in the Torch Run a few years ago, I had no idea it would grow like it did. It has truly been an honor to help fundraise over $100,000 for the Special Olympics,” said Ione Police Chief Tracy Busby.

MCSP attributes its fundraising success to its generous employees, various partnerships in the local community such as the Ione Police Department, Cal-Fire, Subway of Ione and the numerous community members who participate in the Torch Run.

“I am extremely proud of our fundraising accomplishment, but most rewarding is to know that it benefits athletes and raises awareness,” said Warden Joe A. Lizarraga. “This milestone could not have been reached without the support of all MCSP employees, our law enforcement partners, the local community and the inmate population. We look forward to the $200,000 milestone.”

In February 2018, MCSP kicked off its annual fundraising campaign with 15 staff members participating in the Polar Plunge and jumping into the cold water of Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.