Mountain View Correctional Institution in Avery County may be a small facility, but employees are making a big impact on the community thanks to fundraising for North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Spurred by new leadership from Department of Public Safety employees Peggy Dale and Brooke Peterson, Mountain View Correctional Institution (MVCI), located in Spruce Pine, has already raised almost $3,500 for Special Olympics athletes this calendar year. And believe it or not, Dale says the Spruce Pine facility is just getting started.
“Our goal is 6,000 for the year,” Dale said.
Dale believes the MVCI department has been able to raise so much money because the Spruce Pine population provides strong encouragement and are truly connected to Special Olympics.
“A lot of people have athletes and children who are involved, which helps spread the word,” Dale commented.
On May 23rd, the Spruce Pine community proved how much they value SONC and came out in full-force for the MVCI Torch Run. Despite some untimely rain from Mother Nature, roughly 60 officers participated in the run and countless sponsors from the area, such as Spruce Pine Chevrolet and First Baptist Spruce Pine, attended the event to show their loyal support for the organization!
Yancey County athlete D.W. Boone was given the honor of carrying the Flame of Hope.
“D.W. never wavered in carrying it high!” Dale said.
Dale hopes the donations MVCI raised through their Torch Run in late May and future events, like Over the Edge, help give Special Olympics Avery County athletes even more resources in the future.
“I hope they have more opportunities,” Dale explained.
Despite Avery County being relatively small in size, Dale wants all Special Olympics athletes growing up in her area to have unlimited chances to shine. The donations MVCI raised should certainly allow for continued growth in the Special Olympics Avery County program.
Dale believes everyone within the Spruce Pine community loves helping out North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and expects involvement within the MVCI facility to only grow as time goes on.
“We’ve enjoyed it, we really have,” Dale commented.
Mountain View Correctional Institution is proving that size is only a number. Despite being a smaller facility, MVCI is still setting the bar high and doing wonders for nearly 40,000 SONC athletes across the state.
Congratulations to MVCI and all of Special Olympics Avery County for their hard-work and support!