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Arlington citizens happy to get locked up to benefit MDA
ARLINGTON Nearly 100 prominent members of the community are getting arrested in a few weeks, and they couldnt be happier.
The participants in the Arlington Lock-Up are already raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, to bail them out of jail at the Gleneagle Golf Course when theyre arrested April 9.
The Lock-Up has been an annual fundraiser for the MDA in Arlington since 2003, and its list of jailbirds has expanded to include civic, business and community members, as well as a few friendly neighborhood news reporters.
Lisa Wolcott, program coordinator for the MDA in Everett, explained that the MDA hopes to rival recent years totals of $56,000, by equipping them with online resources to make their fundraising efforts easier.
Last year was the first year we set up Web sites for our jailbirds, Wolcott said. Both they and their donors are often community leaders, which means they lead very busy lives, so we wanted to make it as simple as sending an e-mail and logging onto a Web site. People can donate via credit card, and its tax-deductible.
Wolcott cited Peoples bank as the largest single earner last year, for raising $1,875 in bail money for the Send a lil Buck-a-Roo to Camp program. The summer camp for children with muscular dystrophy is one of the beneficiaries of the MDA, offering activities such as fishing, horseback riding, dancing, softball, arts and crafts, and swimming to nearly 100 campers, ranging in age from 6 to 21 years old.
Wolcott added that money from the Lock-Up also goes toward other services to local families affected by neuromuscular diseases, which can affect motor and peripheral nerves, junctions between nerves and muscles, voluntary and skeletal muscles, the immune system and even the skin.
The MDA serves them by providing clinics, support groups, assistance with the purchase and repair of wheelchairs, braces and communication devices, Wolcott said. The MDA also funds research grants to help find treatments and cures for some 43 neuromuscular diseases that affect people of all ages, right here in our community.
To learn more, you may log onto the Arlington Lock-Up Web site, at www.mdaevent.org/everett/arlingtonlockup, or the MDAs Web site, at www.mda.org/.