LANCASTER – Dozens of local executives and community leaders were “arrested” Thursday. They were accused of “having a big heart” and they served time in a mock jail at Bex Bar & Grill.
The experience was part of MDA Lock up, an annual event to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
“Participants commit to being jailbirds for a good cause,” said Erin Kelly of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
As part of the jailed-themed event, sheriff’s deputies “arrested” participants at their businesses and transported them to Bex Bar & Grill.
“We have a fake jail, and we take their mug shots to play with the theme and make it fun for the jailbirds as a thank you for raising money,” Kelly said.
“Not too often I get a picture taken where I’m behind bars, so it’s a lot of fun,” said jailbird George Passantino of Passantino Anderson.
Jailbirds were sentenced to “raise bail” by calling friends and encouraging contributions to advance MDA’s lifesaving programs. The bail was set at $1,250.00, which sponsors an MDA client family for a year, including a clinic visit, flu shot, and the experience of MDA’s Summer Camp.
“I love to partake in events like this,” said “repeat offender” Tammy Romero of Lamar Advertising. “I feel it’s highly important especially because the funds stay within our community.”
“I’m blessed to have the ability to go out and run around and play soccer with my kids, but some folks don’t have that opportunity,” said jailbird George Passantino of Passantino Anderson. “This is for a great cause.”
Through the generous support of the Lancaster community, this year’s MDA Lock up raised more $23,000, according to a post-event press release.