Bruce Whetton | douglasdispatch.com
The Mohave Unit at Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC) Douglas Complex on Highway 191 made another rather large donation to a charitable organization recently.
On Thursday, December 20, DOC Case Manager Tony De La Torre presented Alex Aragon, Senior Community Development Manager with the American Cancer Society (ACS) with a check for $5,870.26. This donation was made possible from an inmate fund raiser the Mohave Unit held.
"Thank you again for all of your hard work, you guys are truly amazing." ACS Manager Alex Aragon said after receiving the donation. “Thank you again for all of your hard work this year.”
Aragon drove from Tucson to Douglas for the check presentation.
De La Torre said the Mohave Unit held a fund raiser with the help of Dollar General manager Rafael Quintero and his staff. It was from this fund-raising event the donation was raised.
"This Mohave inmate population’s fund raiser raised $12,107.10 in this sole fund raiser. Of that, over $5,800 went to directly benefit the American Cancer Society organization," he said. "We are holding at least one fundraiser a month that allows us to support local and national charities and organizations. We are strong supporters of the American Cancer Society organization because we know that the donation's we are raising are helping make positive changes in people's lives."
De La Torre added the inmate population enjoys participating in these fundraisers because they know it’s their way of giving back to the community.
"The inmates that participate enjoy the articles from the Douglas Dispatch where they see exactly where their donations are going," he said.
De La Torre added that these fundraisers would not be possible without the support of the DOC administration team at the Douglas complex.
"I am just thankful to be part of this team and to have the opportunity to help out our community and the organizations we have supported" said De La Torre.
"Warden Glenn Pacheco and Deputy Warden Monica Taylor always support our fund-raising events," he said. "It's a lot of work and very time consuming but in the end it’s very much worth the effort."
According to De La Torre, last year alone, the Mohave Unit raised over $93,000 all benefitting local and national charities and organizations.
"This has been the most successful year in fund raising that I have experienced" De La Torre said. "With the support from our administrative team, the inmate population, and their families, we have been able to provide donations to a number of charities. This has brought great satisfaction to all involved and it is our honor to have been able to be part of these success stories. I will strive to make the 2019 year an even more successful year in fund raising and will work diligently to surpass this year’s achievements."
With the closing of the year, De La Torre received the award as the 2018 non-uniformed Employee of the Year for the Arizona State Prison Complex Douglas and for the 2018 non-uniformed Employee of the Year for the Douglas Mohave Unit, as well as a special recognition that was presented in Phoenix by the Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan.
DOC Case Manager Tony De La Torre recently received the 2018 non-uniformed Employee of the Year for the Arizona State Prison Complex Douglas and for the 2018 non-uniformed Employee of the Year for the Douglas Mohave Unit, as well as a special recognition by the Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan.
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