Central New York, Health, Non-profit

“Jailbirds” Make Bail By Receiving Donations to Muscular Dystrophy

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is holding its annual Lock-up event today at the Spaghetti Warehouse. N-C-C's Jake Lapin is there live with the prisoners.

By Jake Lapin, SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Muscular Dystrophy Association held its third annual Lock-Up event at the Spaghetti Warehouse in Syracuse on Thursday.

Volunteers arrived and became jailbirds for the day.

They got handcuffed and put in stripes for their mugshot before hitting the phones to earn donations.

“They love it,” said Karen Fink, who’s been involved with MDA for nine years. “They love getting their picture taken, they put the stripes on. They like it.”

The donation dollars they earned went towards their bail money.

Coming into the day, the MDA had raised just under $40,000 from previous events.

The final total after the day was more than $64,000, just about reaching the goal of $65,000.

The money raised will help out with the following costs for MDA:

  • $75,000 spent every day on research to find a cure
  • MDA Summer Camp for 3,800 kids each summer
  • MDA Care Centers for 50,000 families each year

“We help local families that are affected with muscle disease,” Fink said. “We help them, we loan them equipment, we have support groups, we have a clinic.”

The MDA is hosting another event at Texas Roadhouse in Watertown in June.

For more information on future events and the MDA in Syracuse, check out MDA.org.