Go­ing back in the jail house again

Lock-up helps fight mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jenny Thompson

The Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion locked up 31 New­ton County res­i­dents at The Oaks Golf Course Wed­nes­day as part of their an­nual fundraiser.

Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor Leigh Var­na­doe re­ported a fi­nal do­na­tion of $ 40,048, which the jail­birds raised from cor­po­rate and per­sonal spon­sors to post their “ bail.”

New­ton County jail­birds raised more money this year than the 45 Cony­ers res­i­dents, who raised $ 33,777 on April 10 at the Whis­tle Post Tav­ern.

Var­na­doe said each group raised sig­nif­i­cantly more money than last year’s com­bined to­tal of $ 35,000.

Dis­trict Di­rec­tor JaQuan Jack­son said ev­ery dol­lar raised will go to­ward sup­port­ing the MDA Clinic at Emory, the chil­dren’s clinic at Chil­dren’s Health­care of At­lanta, the MDA sum­mer camp at Camp Twin Lakes as well as fund­ing vi­tal re­search. “ Thanks to the gen­er­ous cit­i­zens of Cov­ing­ton, 60 kids will have the chance to at­tend MDA’s Camp Walk- n- Roll in 2008,” Jack­son said. “ In ad­di­tion, the Cov­ing­ton com­mu­nity will pro­vide over 600 min­utes of re­search nec­es­sary to find­ing a cure. “ With this com­mu­nity’s sup­port, the 30 MDA clients liv­ing in Cov­ing­ton have new hope.”

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Lock up: Jail­bird Wayne Pugh, owner of Li-Way Trans­fer­ring Stor­age in Cov­ing­ton, raised $4,015 to be­come one of the top bail rais­ers in New­ton County Wed­nes­day for the MDA Lock up, in which lo­cal busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers agreed to be “ar­rested.” Wayne was also a top bail raiser in the 2006 MDA

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