Jailed for a good cause

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS

Several Quay County business people spent part of Thursday behind bars.

They weren’t guilty of any seedy or illegal practices, however — they were raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc. (MDA).

K-Bob’s Steakhouse was the scene of the “lockup” where 17 local business members donated one hour each to raise funds to meet their “bail” of $1,200, said MDA Program Coordinator Broc Carter.

Their hour was spent scurrying on cell phones to raise the money, which would pay for two kids to attend summer camp. They were also allowed to come with donations already pledged.

Carter said the nearest anyone got to the $1,200 goal was Bobby Alarcon with $571, or enough money to send one kid to summer camp with the MDA program.

Those who didn’t meet their bail were allowed to go on “bond,” Carter said, with donations still being accepted online for 30 days after they were released on “parole.”

“The lockups are important because it allows a lot of people who don’t have a lot of time to invest to be able to help out in one hour,” Carter said.

“It’s a good feeling,” said New Beginnings Real Estate’s Linda Griggs of raising money for MDA. “It’s a good cause, Jerry’s Kids,” she said. “Everyone should come out and help support MDA.”

Griggs added she came in with 10 donations and stockpiled nine more while in lockup, with two more “possibles” penciled in on her list of donors.

“What some people don’t know is that MDA doesn’t get any government grants or funding,” said MDA District Director Elizabeth Rodriguez. “Everything we get is from the community.”
Carter added, “We raise it from the community and give it back to the community.”

While MDA “locks up” 14 communities across the Texas Panhandle, eastern New Mexico and parts of Oklahoma, Rodriguez said the turnout in Tucumcari was high, based on its population.

And it wasn’t only Tucumcari folk who willingly succumbed to a one-hour lockup. Carter said a few even came from San Jon to join in the fund-raiser.

“The money raised in Tucumcari, will go first to the people in Tucumcari,” Carter said, with the rest being distributed to their district’s more than 300 client families who benefit from the MDA support.

To place an online donation for a participant on parole, e-mail Carter at:
bcarter@mdausa.org