By Alexandra Powell, CDCR PIO
Office of Public and Employee
Video by Jeff Baur, CDCR videographer
A clamor of car horns, sirens, and cheers flooded the streets of downtown Sacramento the morning of Friday, June 22, as the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) made its way toward the California State capitol building.
CDCR staff members joined other local law enforcement agencies in escorting the official Special Olympics torch, known as the Flame of Hope, from Beal’s Point to the Capitol for the annual run, which kicked off the Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) Summer Games.
At the Capitol, Special Olympics athletes, staff members, and law enforcement personnel gathered to greet the brigade of runners and law enforcement vehicles with joyous cheers and applause.
David Solo, the President and Chief Executive Officer of SONC, expressed his gratitude for the support received from law enforcement partners.
“I want to thank all the officers here and throughout Northern California for participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run as the Guardians of the Flame of Hope,” Solo said.
“This year-round fundraising campaign includes over 600 fundraising events that generate over $15 million to Special Olympics Northern California since its inception. Tonight we’ll unveil the 2017 total at the Summer Games opening ceremony at University of California, Davis.”
Later that evening, it was revealed that 2017 LETR events raised more than $1.1 million.
Dr. Diana Toche, Undersecretary of Health Care Services, Jeffrey Callison, Assistant Secretary of Communications, and many other CDCR representatives participated in the run, receiving the honor of acting as Guardians of the Flame.
“This past year CDCR raised $235,000, and that includes staff as well as inmates,” Dr. Toche said at the Capitol ceremony. “I was just at California State Prison, Solano, and they did a fundraiser with the inmates. The inmates had to raise $10 each to get photos with SO athletes and the line was out the door to get those photos.”
“I didn’t say how much I wanted CDCR to raise this year. I’m thinking $300,000 looks pretty good.”
Below are two links to a video of the Torch run shot by CDCR videographer Jeff Baur.
Here is a link to a video that should be playable on a CDCR computer:
Below is the link to the YouTube version: