Business and community leaders from the Clear Lake area did “a little time and a lot of good” to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraising event.
Twenty-four business executives and owners (including The SCENE Magazine’s editor Betsey Ennis) volunteered to be “Jailbirds” and “go behind bars” as part of MDA’s Lock-Up event on August 26 at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse at 515 Bay Area Blvd. in Webster. Together, these 24 jailbirds raised more than $15,000 to help support MDA’s life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year” at Camp For All in Burton, Texas and nearly 80 other locations nationwide. The top “bail-raisers” were Erin Groce of Groce Law Office, Inc., Chief Joey Cashiola of the Nassau Bay Police Department, Misty Bacon of Tarl Anderson Properties, and Tonya Shedd of Street Graphics.
Local MDA families attended the Lock-Up and met the jailbirds who worked hard to raise money for them. Funds raised through the Lock-Up help MDA create a world free from the harmful effects of muscle diseases that often take away people’s ability to walk, move, talk, smile and even breathe.
The website will be available until September 26 to raise even more money for these families in the Clear Lake and Houston areas (www.mdalockup.org/clearlakelu2015). Donations can also be sent to the Houston MDA office at 2900 Weslayan Street, Suite #375, Houston, TX 77027.
The MDA wishes to thank all the Jailbirds for their hard work and dedication to the organization!
To learn more about the MDA Lock-Up program and how to get involved, contact Fundraising Coordinator Stephanie Wilson at 713-522-1426 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit mda.org/LockUp.
About MDA: The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.