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Offenders at Cedar Creek Corrections Center Celebrate Seattle Seahawks, Raise Funds for Seattle Children’s Hospital

March 30, 2015

By Pam Moore, Public Information Officer, Cedar Creek Corrections Center
and Norah West, Communications Specialist

DOC Communications

Seahawks logo with (I'm in) phrase on the edge of a pizza

All across the country, people devoured countless slices of pizza at Super Bowl parties on Feb. 1. But how many people ate pizza and donated to charity at the same time? How many did both while in prison?

Four times a year, offenders at Cedar Creek Corrections Center hold fundraising events to benefit non–profit organizations. The items available for purchase are usually food the offenders don’t typically get in prison: fried chicken, ice cream, doughnuts and the money raised goes to local school districts and other nearby charities identified by the offenders.

For their first fundraiser of 2015, offenders chose to purchase pizzas to enjoy during the Super Bowl. Like so many avid Seattle Seahawks fans, the men were glued to their televisions, which are a privilege earned and paid for from their wages. The pizzas came from Costco and were marked up to $14. While that’s a drop in the bucket compared to many Super Bowl parties, for these offenders it is a significant cost. It takes more than 33 hours of work at $.42 per hour to afford just one pizza.

Offenders ordered a total of 236 pizzas, raising more than $750 for Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Strong Against Cancer fund. They chose this fund because of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s involvement at Seattle Children’s, and because of Wilson’s inspiration on and off the field. The offenders recognize the importance of giving back to the community, even — perhaps especially — while incarcerated.

Past recipients of offender fundraisers at Cedar Creek Corrections Center include Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Littlerock School, Rochester Organization of Families (ROOF), Hands On Children’s Museum and Bread and Roses in Olympia.