Doin’ time for MS victims
Good, upstanding citizens who donate to nonprofit organizations will be arrested and thrown into jail Thursday.Don’t worry, aliens haven’t taken over the town. The arrests are just part of the annual Glenwood Springs Lock-up.The lock-up is a fund-raiser hosted by the local Muscular Dystrophy Association, an association that raises money to support people with various diseases.Business leaders volunteer to be arrested and locked up for an hour in a makeshift jail at the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub.If they raise $1,200 bail bond before Thursday, they won’t get arrested. If they don’t raise the money before the due date, officers will take them to the brewpup. To get released, they have to raise money from the jail by calling friends and family.”It’s almost like they like jail time because it’s their award for raising bail money,” said Carmen Moyer, program director.Proceeds go to children with multiple sclerosis, which affects the nervous system and often leaves its victims in wheelchairs.Every year the Muscular Dystrophy hosts a summer camp in Empire for kids with MS. It costs $600 to send one kid to camp. Bond is set at $1,200 so it can pay for two kids going to camp, Moyer said. The kids go to the pool, horseback ride and listen to guest speakers.”These kids basically do what normal kids take for granted every day,” Moyer said.Moyer expects to lock up more than 90 people this year and raise $50,000 for the kids.Last year, repeat offender Tim Gingles, director of operations for Taco Bell in the mountain area, raised the most at the lock-in. He raised $3,100 by asking Taco Bell customers for donations.”I always have a lot of fun with it,” said Gingles, who’s visited the camp. “These kids are more optimistic than we are and you gotta wonder why.”Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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