Lock up helps MDA Association

Published 8:55 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Last year people from all over the community came together just to be locked-up and bailed out for a good cause.

Nearly $40,000 was raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during their first lockup event in Selma and executive director Angie Jordin said the organization is getting ready for round two.

“Last year almost $40,000 was raised, and we’re hoping that even more will be raised in the Selma area this year,” Jordin said. “The Muscular Dystrophy Association has been doing executive lockup events for over 30 years. They’re just a fun way to engage the community to raise money for people with muscle disease.”

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Jordin said some of the money raised goes toward sending children to a MDA summer camp. She said they also send patients to a family care center.

“The big push right now is research. The reason it’s important right now at this moment is because we are knocking on the door of so many research advancements,” Jordin said. “We just had passed by the FDA three different drugs in the last six months.”

Jordin said there are around 1,300 people in Alabama currently living with some type of muscle disease, and they are hoping to lower that number through research and treatments.

According to the National Philanthropic Trust, American’s gave $373.25 billion in 2015 to charities with the largest source of charitable giving being individuals at $268.28 billion, or 71 percent of total giving.

“A lot of times people think big companies take care of charities, but that’s really not what we find happens. It’s individuals,” Jordin said.

“This event is a really fun way for individuals to get engaged and do something fun and silly and different and outside the box.”

Jordin said so far she is expecting around 45 people to get “locked up” and said some people out in the community have already been out raising money to make bail.

Charlie Morgan, owner of Charlie’s Place Restaurant; Steven Hendrieth with the Selma Public Works Department; and Rhonda Tupper with Selma Pediatrics are among those out getting ready for the event.

Jordin said she is excited to come back to Selma.

“Selma was such a friendly, wonderful, fun town to be in and the people were so warm and generous and giving and it was just really neat,” Jordin said. “It was neat to see people working side by side together for a common cause.”

The Selma Executive Lock-up will take place at Golden Rand Barbecue on March 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.