Nearly 30 Truckee residents jailed for a cause
The Muscular Dystrophy Association and OB’s Pub and Restaurant of Truckee raised an estimated $20,000 for children with muscular dystrophy Thursday by jailing a rogue’s gallery of prominent citizens.
The event was the groups’ annual Executive Lockup fundraiser.
Volunteers were “arrested” and taken to OB’s by volunteer drivers, where they were held in “jail” until bail was made. The jailbirds called friends, family and associates in order to raise $1,300 each.
The money from the charity event will be used to send children with the debilitating disease to a summer camp where they can meet other children with similar conditions.
According to kidshealth.org, muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder that weakens the muscles that make the body move. People with the disease have incorrect or missing information in their genes, which prevents their bodies from making the proteins they need for healthy muscles.
District Director Pam Czyz of the Muscular Dystrophy Association said that 100 percent of the funds will stay in the local community.
Truckee resident Ron Phelan participated for the first time this year, and was happy to be incarcerated.
“After you hear nightmare stories of people who have this disease, you want to do something to help,” Phelan said.
Craig Price of Craig Price Inc. in Truckee said he joined the festive event to inspire others to contribute.
“Being a business owner in town, I have some leverage over other business owners in town,” Price said. “I thought I could hit them up and make money for a good cause.”
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