On Wednesday, June 15, the Pittsburgh Penguins Front Office was the site where a dangerous criminal was apprehended when one of their employees was taken into custody by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and then arraigned at Joe’s Crab Shack. Happily, no one was injured in the ordeal…but a great deal of money was raised in support of the MDA!
Local business and community leaders agree to be "arrested" for having a big heart in the fun, MDA Lock-Up. This unique community-wide event raises funds for people with neuromuscular diseases in a very novel way.
|Kathy Davis "Locked-Up" to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association |
Kathy Davis, Penguins director of customer service, was nominated to wear the convict stripes and participated in the MDA’s annual Lock-Up. The Lock-Up criminals then raise “bail money” by asking friends, family members and colleagues to make a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The funds from this event are used for children ages 6-17 in the Pittsburgh area afflicted with muscular dystrophy to attend summer camp or young adults over the age of 18 to participate in group outings at an array of sports or entertainment venues, attend support group sessions and attend clinics which provide services.
When asked about her experience, Davis said that she did not have a personal connection to muscular dystrophy, but was glad to have been nominated and raised over $1,300 for such a good cause.
“I thought the Lock-Up was a fun and very creative method of fundraising,” she said. “I was really happy that so many of my friends, family, and co-workers made donations…I didn’t expect to be able to raise that much money!”
Tim Short, fundraising coordinator with the Muscular Dystrophy Association Pittsburgh District, was incredibly pleased that $20,000 was raised overall from the Lock-Up fundraiser. “We are very grateful to all the community and business leaders who took part in the MDA Lock-Up,” he said. “It was a wonderful event and would not have been possible without their support.”
To put the fundraiser into perspective, $800 will send one child to summer camp as well as allow one clinic visit and a flu shot. Through the efforts of our honorable jailbirds, the MDA Lock-Up will allow a number of children to have an opportunity to safely experience summer camp and young adults to enjoy life.