The annual fundraiser for the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Monett.
The MDA Lock-Up, where community leaders volunteer to serve as prisoners and seek donations as "bail," will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. The MDA Lock-Up will be held for the first time at the Scott Regional Technology Center, sponsored by the Monett Chapter of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and KKBL Radio.
Unlike past years, the "jail" at Scott Tech will be decorated with camouflage netting, rocks and bars, surrounded by security towners. Junior ROTC members will escort the jailbirds to the MDA jail and provide security throughout the day.
Junior ROTC cadets will provide a rifle demonstration at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The Pizzazz Poms dance team will offer a rock dance routine at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the culinary arts class at Scott Tech.
According to Jerry Bear, executive director of the Greater Ozarks MDA Chapter, funds raised in the Barry-Lawrence County Lock-Up will help maintain the MDA's hospital-affiliated clinic at Mercy Hospital-Springfield. The clinic offers diagnostic and follow-up care for people with neuromuscular disorders.
Other MDA clinic services include: physical, occupational and respiratory therapy evaluations; assistance for repair of leg braces and wheelchairs; flu vaccinations; and assistance with the purchase of communication devices. MDA provides support to groups and young people with neuromuscular diseases to attend an MDA summer camp. Funding also seeks cures and treatments through research worldwide.
Persons interested in "turning someone in" for the lock-up can contact Anessa Brown at the Monett DECA Chapter at 235-7022. Last year's Lock-Up in Monett raised more than $16,500.