More than 100 business and civic leaders throughout Irving will be “arrested” and put “behind bars” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraiser on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at The Ranch of Las Colinas Restaurant, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway in Irving.
Irving business and civic leaders have volunteered to be part of MDA’s Lock-Up and “go to jail” in order to raise “bail” by encouraging friends, family, co-workers and business contacts to make contributions to MDA that will directly benefit families in greater Dallas Fort-Worth living with progressive muscle diseases.
Marvin Bond, Vice President of Investor Relations at the Irving Chamber, and Shawn Callaway, Interim President and CEO of the Irving Chamber, have volunteered to be locked-up for the event.
“I’m already having fun letting friends know I’m going to be arrested,” said Bond. “Hearing ‘no way!’ from friends and then being able to ask them to contribute to the bail I’m raising to help MDA is yielding positive feedback and great donations. Several of my friends have even joked that they’ll give extra to MDA just to keep me locked up.”
Each MDA jailbird’s “bail” will allow him/her to be released for good behavior. This will be the first MDA evening Lock-Up Event, which we believe will allow more Jailbirds to participate and become involved in a way that won’t interfere with work schedules.
MDA also assists jailbirds in creating personalized Lock-Up donation websites to help raise their bail ahead of time online. The links for these websites can be emailed to friends, family and co-workers who could make secure online donations.
“It’s amazing how our community jailbirds have rallied around MDA and are doing a great job as they continue to raise bail donations,” said Kyle Young-Moncure, Director of Business Development. “The actual day of the Lock-Up will be a fun celebration of the work each person did to help families who live right here in our community.”
Lock-Ups are one of MDA’s signature fundraising programs, benefiting local individuals living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related progressive muscle diseases in the Dallas Fort-Worth area.
The event also will help send Dallas-area children to a special week at MDA summer camp. Children with muscle diseases, as well as the many volunteers who help create magic at MDA summer camp each year, enjoy a wide variety of activities designed specifically for children with limited mobility. Some activities include horseback riding, swimming, football, and arts and crafts.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides unparalleled health care services; advocates for the families it serves; and invests significant resources educating the medical and scientific communities, as well as the general public, about neuromuscular diseases affecting more than 1 million Americans.
MDA maintains a nationwide network of some 200 hospital-affiliated clinics — 38 of which are designed as MDA/ALS centers — that provide unparalleled medical and health care services to adults and children with neuromuscular diseases. Families in greater Dallas are encouraged to visit the MDA Clinic at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas – 2350 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, TX 75207
For more information about MDA’s Lock-Up campaign, contact Kyle Young-Moncure, Director of Business Development at 972-480-0011.