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Lockup fundraiser to benefit the MDA
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Forsyth County News

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If you get a phone call from a friend claiming to be in jail next week, don’t panic.

A fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is scheduled for Thursday at a local restaurant, where law enforcement staff will detain “prisoners” until they raise enough donations to serve as bail.

After being picked up by Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies or troopers with Georgia State Patrol Post 37, local community and business leaders will make some phone calls seeking donations.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association raised $46,000 in 2007 and hopes to top that amount at this year’s event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tam’s Backstage in Cumming.

More then 150 “local celebrities” are scheduled to take part in the event. They will be picked up, taken to the restaurant, fingerprinted and photographed for mug shots.

Leigh Harris, spokeswoman for the association, said participants will be asked to stay for one hour, during which time they will “sit at tables and make phone calls to try to get bailed out.”

Harris said donations will benefit families in Forsyth County who are registered with MDA.

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