(Orange, Texas)

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October 3, 2013

Orange leaders go behind bars for ‘good’ to support MDA

BEAUMONT — More than 75 business and civic leaders from throughout the Orange area will be “arrested” and put “behind bars” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraiser hosted by The Brown Center on Thursday, October 10th.   

 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 Southeast Texas living with progressive muscle diseases.

Each MDA jailbird’s “bail” is set at $1,600, which will allow him/her to be released for good behavior. The bail amount will help get 2 kids to MDA Summer Camp.  

 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. They can even be posted to Facebook!

 “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 Anna Papoutsis, Executive Director for MDA. “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 Southeast Texas area.  

 The event also will help send Southeast Texas youngsters to a special week at MDA summer camp at Camp for All in Burton, TX. 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 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 Southeast Texas visit the MDA Clinics at the Methodist Neurological Institute or Texas Children’s Hospital.  

 For more information about MDA’s Lock-Up campaign, please contact Anna Papoutsis, Executive Director at 409-838-4545, or by email at  


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