Aug. 2, 2012
Arresting Officer and his Prisoner
-- On Wednesday, August 1, local Scranton leaders, business people, and law enforcement officials were “locked up” as part of a fundraiser to benefit the Scranton Muscular Dystrophy Association and more than 600 families battling muscular dystrophy in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Participants were handcuffed by arresting officers and transported in vans donated by Toyota of Scranton to the jail cells in Kildare’s Irish Pub. A judge was on hand to determine each person’s guilt or innocence. Kildare’s patrons served as the jury and convicted the “criminals”
almost unanimously. Each individual donned black and white stripes as they were placed in the jail for their mug shots. The “prisoners”
posted bail by calling family, friends, and local businesses to donate money. All funds raised will help buy support equipment for children with the disease, pay for summer camps, and is donated to research and clinical trials. Individuals with neuromuscular disorders in 14 counties will benefit from the generosity of these “jailbirds.”
Organizers are hoping to raise over $40,000 at this year’s event. Toyota of Scranton is happy that we were able to lend support to an organization that it doing so much to help so many people. We have participated in the Scranton lockup for several years and will continue to lend a hand in the future.