Perhaps you noticed the numerous limousines and town cars driving up and down the streets of Waxahachie yesterday, carrying “jailbirds” to a prison “lockup” at Johnny Carino’s Italian Grill.
You might have been one of those called by a friend or even a stranger soliciting “bail” money to free them from jail.
This was all part of the annual Waxahachie MDA Lockup, a fund-raising event for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Money raised supports MDA’s comprehensive program of services, research and summer camp for children.
Ferris Avenue Baptist Child Development Center director Trish Burk was one of about 40 people “arrested and brought to jail.”
“The daycare has participated in the trike-a-thon before and that’s how I first got involved,” Burk said. “Today Miss Trish got to participate.”
Burk brought with her a big bucket of change and bills. The bucket had been placed at the center to collect donations and contained $74.58 “from the kids,” she said.
This was the first time Just Scrap It! scrapbook storeowner Sherri Cooper participated in the event.
“I’m here to help raise money, to help the kiddos,” Cooper said.
All volunteers had the opportunity to solicit friends, family, co-workers and neighbors prior to the event in person, by phone or e-mail or through their own collection Web site. Each was asked to raise at least $1,300, the amount it takes to send two children to camp.
“I participated today because it’s a good cause,” said Floyd Ross of Oncor Electric Delivery.
“You never know when a disease might touch you or a family member,” said his wife, Carolyn Ross, owner of the Crafty Scrapper, who said she has participated in fund-raisers this year for a variety of causes.
“Giving money is great, but the giving of your time to another person, community organization or church is the best kind of giving,” Floyd Ross said, sharing the story about their own home burning several years ago.
“The Red Cross, our co-workers and friends and volunteer firefighters were so wonderful,” he said of the outpouring of kindness to them in their time of need.
“Going through that experience made me more aware of needs,” Ross said. “We’re very fortunate to have friends, customers, great people in the community, people helping people. All those life experiences, the trials and tribulations, are what make you want to do this.”
“The event was a wonderful success,” MDA Greater Dallas District director Fran Russ said. “We raised $30,142.”
Top bail-raisers at the event were Maxine Schmidt of Nay Company, Coco Beaver and Barry Wolverton of KBEC Radio, Harry Maddox of Comtex Communications, Shelley Graham and Debbie McCary of Belk, Crystal Copeland of Bulldog Iron Works, Jaclyn Caldwell of Davis Insurance and Milton Richie of Texcorr LP.