By Lt. Angelo Gonzales, AA/PIO
Mule Creek State Prison
Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) kicked off the 2018 fundraising campaign with its fifth Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of the Special Olympics of Northern California. In partnership with the Ione Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Cal-Fire, Jackson Fire Department and other local agencies, the Torch Run again honored the late Susie Pinger, a former Ione resident and Special Olympics athlete who passed away last year.
“My sister Susie was a very active Olympian, competing in gymnastics at the local, state and international levels,” said Ione City Councilmember Diana Wratton. “This event is not just about my sister, but about the community raising awareness for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. I thank Team Mule Creek and the law enforcement community for supporting such a worthy cause.”
In 2014, MCSP organized its first Torch Run with only twelve participants. This year’s run had over 100 participants, who ran or walked the 5K route from MCSP to downtown Ione. Between the Law Enforcement Torch Run and inmate fundraising, over $14,000 was raised for the Northern California Special Olympics.
“Every year I am honored to be a part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in partnership with Mule Creek State Prison,” says Ione Police Chief Tracy Busby. “It’s great to see the support of the local community and businesses from Councilmember Wratton’s participation to the donation of refreshments from Paisano’s Pizzeria. Thank you!”
Mule Creek State Prison is proud to be among CDCR’s top fundraising institutions and has raised more than $130,000 for the Northern California Special Olympics since 2014.