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MDA Lock-Up finds success in Monett

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Among the participants at this year's MDA Lock-Up fundraiser held at Grant's Restaurant, were, from left, Heather Coggin from Kentucky Fried Chicken, Josue Cavazos from EFCO, MDA District Director Jerry Bear holding up the jail stripes all participants had to pose in for a photo, Sara Lay, Cory Colson from Schreiber Foods, at front right, and Connie Deans from Country Corner in Purdy, at rear right. [Times Photo]
The Greater Ozarks Area Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) recently held its major fundraising event of the year in Monett, its MDA Lock-Up, at Grant's Restaurant, receiving an exceptional reception from the public.

Eighty people agreed to serve as "jailbirds," calling from a phone bank to raise "bail" money, all of which went toward fighting neuro-muscular diseases and providing services to its victims. With Monett firemen not soliciting donations during Labor Day weekend be¬cause of construction on Highway 60 last year, the lock-up became the only organized event for the charity.

"This was a truly amazing year with 80 jailbirds who participated raising over $17,000," stated Jerry Bear, MDA district director. By 1:30 p.m. volunteers had received pledges of $13,430, topping the previous year's tally of $12,648.

Those who cleared the $500 bail goal and qualified as top money makers for the charity were: Mark Sebastian from EFCO Corporation; Tammy Reigle from EFCO Pallet Company; Richard Mettlach from Botts and Associates in Monett; Cynthia Martin from Huffmaster Insurance; Audra Lindner from Grande Tire in Pierce City; Sara Lay of Monett; Tim Larmer from EFCO; Josue Cavazos from EFCO Pallet Company; Geri Cary from Carey Electric; Dorothy Blinzler of Pierce City for Community Hospices of Monett; Clate Baker from the Public Defender's Office and Sanday and Elbert Alexander from Coldwell Bankers in Aurora.

Bear expressed appreciation to Grant's for use of its well-located facilities, and KOLR TV for hospi¬tality shown while hosting the event.

The Greater Ozarks Area Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association benefits over 750 fami¬lies in the Ozarks affected by one of the 43 neuromuscular diseases covered under the Association's programs. Services include assis¬tance with the purchase of wheelchairs, braces and communi¬cation devices, a free summer camp for kids age 6-18 at Bear River Ranch in Rolla, free medical clinics at St. John's Regional Health Center and research being con¬ducted at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri in Columbia. All MDA's services are provided free of charge.

Bear added the fundraising ef¬forts of the lock-up would be ac¬knowledged during the 2009 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.

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