MDA JAILBIRDS

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Oneonta deputy police Chief Judy Underwood ‘cuffs’ Oneonta Lt. Steve Gunn, ‘resisting arrest’ as one of more than 50 executives ‘apprehended’ in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) Blount County fundraising lockup last week. The slammer was the Depot in Oneonta where jailbirds desperately worked the phones for an hour apiece to raise their ransom (‘bail’) of $1,600. MDA worker Katherine Shivers said the organization has already collected more than $28,000 from Blount County, exceeding the goal of $20,000 with more than a month left to go before the deadline for bail. ‘We have found these areas like Blount County outside the major metros to be very successful venues for MDA,’ Shivers said. ‘There’s more of a sense of fun and community here. We saw it at the lockup last week.’ Funds collected will be used by MDA for muscle biopsies and flu shots, therapy visits at MDA-funded clinics, maintenance of wheelchairs, and summer camp for children ages 6 to 17. If you have been contacted by someone ‘locked up’ for the MDA, you can still respond and donate toward their bail. Underwood, incidentally was a double-duty doozy, serving as both law officer and jailbird in the faux roundup of ‘offenders.’ – Ron Gholson

Oneonta deputy police Chief Judy Underwood ‘cuffs’ Oneonta Lt. Steve Gunn, ‘resisting arrest’ as one of more than 50 executives ‘apprehended’ in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) Blount County fundraising lockup last week. The slammer was the Depot in Oneonta where jailbirds desperately worked the phones for an hour apiece to raise their ransom (‘bail’) of $1,600. MDA worker Katherine Shivers said the organization has already collected more than $28,000 from Blount County, exceeding the goal of $20,000 with more than a month left to go before the deadline for bail. ‘We have found these areas like Blount County outside the major metros to be very successful venues for MDA,’ Shivers said. ‘There’s more of a sense of fun and community here. We saw it at the lockup last week.’ Funds collected will be used by MDA for muscle biopsies and flu shots, therapy visits at MDA-funded clinics, maintenance of wheelchairs, and summer camp for children ages 6 to 17. If you have been contacted by someone ‘locked up’ for the MDA, you can still respond and donate toward their bail. Underwood, incidentally was a double-duty doozy, serving as both law officer and jailbird in the faux roundup of ‘offenders.’ – Ron Gholson