Claremore Daily Progress

November 21, 2013

Serving time for a good cause

Mark Friedel
Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE —

Claremore’s “usual suspects” were taken off the streets and put in prison earlier this week, not for crimes committed, but for a worthy cause.
In this case, the “usual suspects” were local business and community leaders, and the worthy cause was the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Select volunteers agreed to serve time Tuesday afternoon at a mock jail set up in Claremore’s Comfort Inn, during which time, they solicited “bail money” from their friends, family members and coworkers, with money raised going to benefit MDA’s lifesaving programs. During their “incarceration,” the charitable-minded jailbirds had their mugshots taken and were provided prison rations by the nearby Rib Crib of Claremore.
“MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education.,” said Ryan Maple, fundraising coordinator, MDA Tulsa. “Although the ‘lock-up’ fundraiser may be over, people may make donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association throughout the year.”
In addition to funding ground-breaking research, MDA provides a wide variety of services to children and adults in Oklahoma who are affected by one of the 43 muscle-wasting diseases covered by the Association.  
MDA is the first non-profit recognized by the American Medical Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award “for significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity.”
For more information, contact the MDA at (918) 749-7997 or visit them online at www.mda.org.