Correctional staff from several prisons in the Kern County area came together at the Black Angus Restaurant in Bakersfield for the Special Olympics Southern California-Kern County Tip-A-Cop dinner.
From donating coats to school children to helping fund Special Olympics athletes, CDCR institutions step up to fill the needs in their respective communities.
Staff from three CDCR institutions partnered with local law enforcement agencies and Special Olympics to raise funds through Tip-a-Cop.
More than 20 volunteers from Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) organized and ran the inaugural DVI Golf Tournament at Lockford Springs Creek Golf Course in Lodi. The event raised $14,000 for Special Olympics of Northern California thanks to 103 players in 29 teams.
More than 160 inmates from the Sierra Conservation Center banded together to provide an Olympic-style event to the community in which they reside. Calipatria, inmates held a fundraiser and donated over $12,000 to Special Olympics. Kern Valley State Prison donated $13,500 from food sales. Meanwhile, CTF, SVSP, DVI and other institutions carried the torch.
On a warm Friday morning in Sacramento, the Law Enforcement Torch Run ended on the north steps of the State Capitol. Numerous Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement personnel and CDCR staff were on hand for the brief ceremony.