By Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/PIO
Correctional Training Facility
During the month of November, for the third year, staff at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) raised awareness for men’s health issues by supporting the Movember Foundation. By growing mustaches from Nov. 1-30, and starting the conversation about health issues that men tend to brush off; CTF is helping to extend the life of the men in their lives.
The goal of the Movember Foundation is to stop men dying too young on a global scale, by addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Each year the event has grown in size at CTF, through participation and fundraising. Last year CTF raised $1800.
“This year we were able meet our goal and increased that amount to just over $3,000,” said Capt. Chamberlain, the event’s coordinator.
For this year’s mustache competition, there were three categories: Most Stylish, Fullest Stache, and the coveted Hard Tryer award. CDW Martin Biter fought tooth and nail to ensure the Hard Tryer award was not re-categorized as the “CDW Can’t Grow a Mustache” award. Though he did not win any of the three competitions, his ‘stache was truly a piece of art. He ensured history and tradition would not be altered, and the award stayed true to virtue and remained the “Hard Tryer” award. CDW Biter said, “Growing a mustache is 90 percent mental and the other half physical.”
The contest was judged by non-biased employees from Salinas Valley State Prison. The winners for this year’s event went to Felipe Rodriguez, Case Records Technician for Most Stylish, Capt. Donnie Metcalf for Fullest Stache and the coveted Hard Tryer award went to Officer Danial Torrence.
Warden Craig Koenig said, “Since coming to CTF, I am not surprised on how staff come together for a good cause and show their support with great generosity. Events such as the Movember movement is a great way to bring awareness to important issues, as well as a way to bring all our staff together for camaraderie and increased moral.”