MDA holds lockup to lock down funds |

MDA holds lockup to lock down funds

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Bayou restaurant was full of criminals on Thursday afternoon, as part of a bust organized by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Local business people were picked up by Colorado State Patrol troopers and Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies, and charged with having a big heart.

The officers escorted the business people to the Bayou restaurant in West Glenwood to raise bail money to benefit the MDA, said MDA Western Slope program coordinator Brook Wilson.

From his chair on the Bayou’s deck, Tim Madden, a manager at Aspen Research Group, said he had raised almost half of his $1,050 bail by 1 p.m. Thursday.

Sara Pettit, former owner of Four Mile Mountain Market, didn’t know if she would make the bail.

“If I can get a hold of anybody today I might make it,” she said.

Though the majority of people locked up were business people, local politicians weren’t above the law.

Carbondale Mayor Michael Hassig was turned in by Carbondale chief of police Gene Schilling.

Hassig pored through an open phone book Thursday afternoon looking for business associates who might help him reach his fund-raising goal.

Mayor Hassig wouldn’t say if he would seek revenge on the chief for turning him in.

Many organizations donated services, from transportation to cell phones, to make the event possible.

The Bayou opened its doors for lunch for the first time in its 17-year history for the benefit.

“We’re donating the establishment and feeding the jailbirds,” said restaurant owner Steven Beham.

The restaurant was also opened to regular patrons, though Beham said he wasn’t serving many meals to paying customers.

All the money raised through the fund-raising effort goes to Colorado families suffering from muscular dystrophy, said Wilson.

The $1,050 goal was set so each person would raise enough money to send two children to a muscular dystrophy camp, she said.

Money raised will also go to research, MD support groups, buying wheelchairs and leg braces, and to the MDA clinics at Children’s Hospital and University Hospital in Denver, said Wilson.

Bill Garrison, of Holy Cross Energy, said the event and donations “shows how generous people really are.”

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535

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