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Clallam Bay Corrections Center Honored for Ongoing Generosity to Make-A-Wish®

June 19, 2015

By Maria Peterson,

DOC Communications

Make-A-Wish® Stardust Society certificate celebrating CBCC's generosity.

For 15 years, inmates in the medium security complex of Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC) have donated quarterly to Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington. This year, the regional organization honored the facility by naming it to the Make-A-Wish® Stardust Society, an honorary group for donors who have consistently contributed to the charity for at least a decade.

Make-A-Wish® grants “wishes,” which can be anything from trips to Disneyland to running the bases at a Seattle Mariners game, for children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.

“The fundraiser started in 2000 when an inmate’s family member was a Wish recipient,” said Lori Allison, classification counselor at CBCC. “He approached a staff member to implement a fundraiser for the organization and the rest is history.”

When the inmate moved to a different prison, the Clallam Bay inmates decided to keep up the program, Allison said. The prison has participated in the fundraiser every year since, and has contributed a total of $18,716.79.

“Your support provides children and families with an opportunity to spend time together away from hospitals, treatments and procedures,” wrote Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington President and CEO Barry McConnell in a letter to the prison. “You provide them with a healing experience when they are devastated by a life-threatening diagnosis. We are indeed grateful to you!”

Food fundraisers are common within Washington state prisons. The inmates will typically order food they cannot get within a prison, such as pizza or ice cream. Inmates use money from their personal accounts to purchase the food for an increased price above the retail cost. The extra money goes to charities.