Baton Rouge residents go to 'jail' to help raise money for MDA

Baton Rouge residents go to 'jail' to help raise money for MDA
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POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:34pm

Dozens of people put themselves in “jail” today in the name of medical research.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association sponsored a lockup fundraiser today.

Volunteers holed themselves up at Carrabba's Restaurant - which is pretty comfortable for a “jail” - until they raised $1,200.

Baton Rouge Fire Chief Ed Smith and Sheriff Sid Gautreau were among the inmates. Gautreau said that surviving polio as a child inspired him to give back to MDA.

“It's dear to my heart, and the research done by these organizations is fantastic,” stated Gautreau. “You know, you keep praying that they'll have a breakthrough one day and cure this."

Lots of the "inmates" had finished their fundraising before the lockup even began. When NBC33 checked in on them, they'd already raised $23,000. Organizers expect the total to be $35,000 by the end of the day.

All the money will go toward fighting ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

  

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