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More than 200 business and civic leaders from throughout the Clinton area will be “arrested” and put “behind bars” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraiser on Sept. 10th, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Coharie Country Club.

Accused of having big hearts and being heavily armed with kindness, the “jailbirds” volunteered to be part of MDA’s Lock-Up 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 Clinton living with progressive muscle diseases.

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,” explained MDA executive director Christine Bender. “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 Clinton area.

The event also will help send Clinton-area youngsters to a special week at MDA summer camp that has taken place at Camp Hanes, June 7 – 13 in King, North Carolina. Youngsters 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 youngsters with limited mobility. Some activities include horseback riding, swimming, football, and arts and crafts.

MDA is a non-profit organization providing clinical services, free medical equipment, support groups and a summer camp program to the families with muscular dystrophy living in Clinton and surrounding counties. MDA, as a national organization, is working towards funding a cure for the 43 types of neuromuscular diseases including ALS, Duchenne, SMA, Myasthenia Gravis and more. For additional information on MDA, the diseases we cover or the services we provide, please visit www.mda.org. MDA is amongst the highest rated charities with $.77 of every dollar raised going directly to providing benefits to the families we serve.

For more information about MDA’s Lock-Up campaign, please contact Liz Welborn at 910-763-3114 or ewelborn@mdausa.org.

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