COLUMBIA CITY — Business and community leaders in Whitley County who were “locked up” Tuesday at Paige’s Crossing to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, exceeded their goal.
“The event goal was to raise $25,000 as a community, and the event ended up totaling just nearly $35,000,” said Fundraising Coordinator Alison Eckert. “This is amazing and a job very well done.”
Eckert said she recruited around 99 people to participate in the event, serving an hour jail sentence on the charge of “Having a Big Heart.” Sixty men and women from the county answered the call and agreed to raise money for the association.
These volunteers were either escorted by the sheriff’s department, or they turned themselves in on their own time during the three hour event.
Bail was set at $2,400, with that money sending three kids to MDA summer camp.
“We really pushed them to make that goal,” said Eckert. “Some people had the money raised before they even came to serve their sentence.”
Phones were provided at the event for jailbirds to make calls to raise more money if they had not already exceeded their goal.
Participants had their photos taken behind “bars” as they wore a black and white striped shirt and held signs asking for a bailout.
After the photo, the jailbirds were treated to a lunch and asked to stay at the event for about an hour to serve their time.
“We are so grateful for all of the help and support of those that participated in the ‘lock up’ and all of those in the community that helped our jail birds raise their funds,” said Eckert.