NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Business and community leaders from the North Myrtle Beach area will do a little time and a lot of good to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscular dystrophy.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association's Lock-Up fundraiser will be held Wednesday at the House of Blues from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The police are going to pick up community members who were selected or nominated to be a part of this in their cruisers and transport them to the "jail" at the House of Blues. They will go before a judge and be locked up for an hour in order to raise "bail," which goes right back to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. You do not need to know the jailbird in order to make a contribution.
"It affects people's physical abilities," says Dawn Temples Knopff, the marketing manager for the House of Blues. "So I think the idea of kind of locking someone down and keeping them in this space here is kind of representative of what that disease can do to people. And I think that it is a great way to do something different to raise money."
Paula Provencher works at Alligator Adventures and was nominated to be a jailbird. She says it's only by the grace of God that her kids and grandkids are healthy. So she is more than happy to help raise money in this unique way for those in our area suffering from muscular dystrophy.
Jailbirds will only lose their freedom for an hour. But for kids and adults fighting MD, feeling trapped because of the loss of mobility is permanent.
"Just $30 supplies a flu shot," says Provencher. "And the flu could be devastating to someone who their immune system, their body is already compromised. So I mean just $5 or $10 collectively can do a lot."
According to MDA, here is what your dollars buy:
$30: A flu shot
$65: One minute of research
$150: One physical therapy session
$300: Work-up at clinic
$800: One child's week at MDA Summer Camp
You can make a donation Wednesday by going to the House of Blues. Or you can mail a donation to:
MDA North Myrtle Beach Lock Up
110-A Cinema Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403