MDA locks up big hearts

Kate Porras, public information officer for the Grand Junction Police Department, poses for her mug shot behind bars at the MDA lock-up.

More than 150 community members were led behind bars and charged with having “big hearts” Thursday at the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association “Executive Lock-up” event.

The jail birds were picked up in a stretch limousine and booked into the mock jail at the Ale House. Each was expected to post at least $1,500 for bail.

“It’s just a really good cause,” said Jeff Franklin, president of the Bank of Colorado.

The event will raise at least $50,000, said Kendall Montagriff, executive director of the local MDA chapter. Most of that money stays on the Western Slope and helps those with a wide variety of muscular disorders. It helps three local children attend summer camp in Empire. It also funds research to find better treatment and cures for progressive neuromuscular diseases.

The event will end at 3 p.m. but Montagriff explained that donations to the non-profit organization are appreciated all year long. For information or to seek services, call 241-2181.




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