We don’t typically encourage Denton County residents to sympathize with most “jailbirds,” much less to help raise money for their bail, but we’re making an exception for a group of people who are scheduled to be placed in a special kind of “lock-up” on Thursday.
These folks aren’t in any kind of trouble and they didn’t break the law — far from it. They’re donating their time in custody to raise donations for a good cause.
Yes, it’s time for the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up, and several area residents will be hauled in and “detained” until friends and supporters come up with the donations needed to set them free.
MDA fundraising coordinator Jamie Lorkins told us that at least 90 people from the greater Denton area have signed up to raise $2,400 each. This year’s lock-up will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse off Interstate 35E.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association works toward providing lifesaving research, a nationwide network of medical clinics and accessible summer camp experiences to individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases, according to the organization’s website.
Donations raised during Thursday’s event will help send young people who are affected with a neuromuscular disease to a Texas summer camp in Meridian. Lorkins said a weeklong session at Camp John Marc costs $800 per child.
“We are hoping by having the goal of $2,400 met, each participant could send three kids to camp,” Lorkins said.
The camp provides an outstanding experience for the young people, and we encourage area residents to be generous. Campers each have their own counselor and can enjoy typical camp-related activities — everything from horseback riding to zip-lining is modified for them to enjoy, Lorkins said.
Officials said the MDA Lock-Up has been held in Denton for at least 20 years, and the summer camp has been the fundraiser’s main focus in recent years. Last year, more than $36,500 was raised with about 50 people participating.
Denton firefighters will pick up “prisoners” and take them to a cell at the restaurant during the lunch hour Thursday, organizers said. Local dealerships James Wood Autopark and Bill Utter Ford have donated the transport vehicles.
While the volunteers are “locked up,” they make calls to have friends and family members help post their “bail.”
“It’s a great community event and a perfect opportunity to break away from the office during lunch hour for a bit,” Lorkins said. “Denton is such a great community to work with; everyone is so giving.”
The Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up is a fun event, and like we said, all donations will go to support a great cause.
To donate on behalf of a Denton volunteer or to learn more about the lock-up, visit www.mdalockup.org/denton .