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Probation department begins fundraiser for Special Olympics

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Local law enforcement has raised $1,660 to send Madera athletes to the Special Olympics this summer, but more is yet to be done.

Led by the Madera County Probation Department, fundraising for Luisa Kelly, Rachelle Gomez, Ray Hines and Gilbert Martinez will continue until the annual law enforcement torch run, which marks the beginning of the Special Olympics Northern California. The event is planned for June and local law enforcement agencies are set to run 26 miles from Madera to Chowchilla to pass the torch on.

Meanwhile, a committee at the probation department has organized events to get local support. The committee hopes to raise at least $5,000, said Flora Munoz, deputy probation officer.

A lunch on Wednesday drew about 110 people to Courthouse Park. The sales from raffle tickets, bake goods and lunches raised $1,660, said Paul Sanchez, a juvenile detention officer...


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