Warner Creek Correctional Facility’s (WCCF) 2014 food drive held last month successfully collected the equivalent of 20,288 pounds of food for local food pantry programs, according to WCCF Exec. Asst. Rebecca Hargis.
Averaging out to about 204.93 pounds of food per staff member, the proceeds collected from the program will benefit the Lake County Food Share and Paisley/Summer Lake Food Share programs, she said.
“Every year, I am amazed by the tremendous generosity of the staff here at Warner Creek,” Hargis said, “and this year was no exception. They continue to give unselfishly year after year to help those in need within our community. I couldn’t’ be more proud to work with this group of caring individuals!”
The drive featured a number of related fundraising events, including a pie-in-the-face event in which staff members could shove a pie in the face of six WCCF executive team members for a small fee. Also held was a boot shine in which staffers could get their boots shined on all three shifts by a member of the executive team for a nominal fee of $3.
A community-wide silent auction featured a variety of items that were sold off to the highest bidders. These items included a barbecue/smoker trailer unit, a handmade vanity and stool, a large canvas painting of historical downtown Lakeview, a pair of Adirondack chairs and end table and a fully-furnished handcrafted dollhouse.
A Valentine’s Day bake sale featured a number of tasty treats for sale, including a chocolate raspberry cake by nurse Kathie Leehmann, which sold in and of itself for $71.
WCCF inmates held a fundraising event that raised an additional $4,000 for the food drive, marking the second year that inmates have participated. An on-site silent auction was also held at the facility, featuring donated items from the following local businesses: The GoldenGem, ProBuild, Howard’s Drugs, Razor’s Edge Salon, Les Schwab Tire Center, S.C.A. Photography, Mile Hi Tire, DanWen Farms, KBE Lakeview, Hall Motor Company, Jerry’s Restaurant, El Aguila Real Mexican Restaurant, Kim Cobian (Scentsy), Flynn’s Furniture and Appliance, Dinner Bell Café, Hunan Chinese Restaurant, A Country Home Floral, Bianchi’s Auto and Truck Parts/NAPA, The 39er Card and Bargain Store, Burger Queen, Honker’s Espresso Café, Happy Horse Deli and Desserts, Shear Experience Salon, Outback Yarn Company, Stateline Gun Shop, Back Yard Floral and Snack Shack.
A total of 15 volunteers participated in the tricycle races, with the top 8 receiving the most money participating in the finals in costume. A total of four heads of one on one races, semifinals and finals were held. Participants included Brian Bogardus, Corporal Mike Winters, Ray Wing, Rebecca Hargis, Barbara Fitzpatrick, Nurse Gyleen Vickerman, Steve Brown and Darby Dick. Vickerman emerged as the final winner.
Additional donation opportunities included those from staff members who could make one-time or monthly donations through an automatic payroll deduction. WCCF also received a donation of 2,000 pounds of potatos from Circle C marketing in Malin, and 104 pounds in non-perishable food items were received from collection boxes throughout the WCCF facility.
Food drive committee members included David Hammonds, Lisa Carpenter, Jennifer Peel, David Erikson, Kevin Stocker, and Food Drive Site Coordinator Rebecca Hargis.