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Custom-made quilt auctioned as fundraiser for Miner football squad

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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Wabash Valley Correctional Facility's (WVCF) Purposeful Living Units Server (PLUS) created a custom-made quilt to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Linton-Stockton High School football team.
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Wabash Valley Correctional Facility's (WVCF) Purposeful Living Units Server (PLUS) created a custom-made quilt to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Linton-Stockton High School football team.

"I think what really started the interest goes back to our superintendent, Dick Brown," WVCF Public Information Officer Rich Larsen explained, noting Brown is from Linton.

The football team had a successful season (13-1), and advanced to the Class A semistate. Although they lost to Indianapolis Scecina in their semistate trial.

WVCF employee Teresa Littlejohn, mother of football player Ryan Littlejohn, worked with the facility to sell numerous raffle tickets for the quilt. Littlejohn's father, Frank, is also a member of the staff at WVCF.

The sale of raffle tickets generated $400 to help the football team provide equipment, uniforms, meals and other necessities.

Monical's Pizza, located at the Linton Shopping Center, purchased $100 worth of tickets, which was the largest amount for a single person or business.

"The funds can be used for anything that would come up for the football team," Larsen explained, noting often times the team needs money for food when it is traveling to games across the area.

Tammy Wright, employee of the Linton Municipal Utility Company, was the winner of the red, white and blue quilt. The quilt lists each coach and football player's name on squares depicting helmets, and says "2011-2012 Linton Miners."

The raffling of the quilt is one of many community service projects PLUS is involved in. The purpose of PLUS is to allow offenders to give back to the community.

"It's a very unique program. It's a faith and character-based program," Larsen explained.

He said the facility likes to focus on community involvement, and be able to help when possible.

"We like to be good neighbors as a correctional facility," Larsen said.



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