Thursday, February 23, 2012

MDA raises funds at annual lockup in Ansonia

Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller spends time behind bars to raise money for MDA. / Contributed photo

Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller was taken into jail recently… for a good cause.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association held its annual Valley Lock-up event at Antonio’s Restaurant in Ansonia.
Miller was ‘arrested’ in his office at Seymour Town Hall at 11 a.m. and brought into ‘jail’ where he sat behind bars with other jail birds making phone calls to raise bail.
He was able to raise $2,525 prior to the event starting, which surpassed his goal of $2,400.
  The MDA recommends everyone raise $2,400 which sends three children to summer camp. Miller said, “I am proud to take part in such a wonderful event and was thrilled to meet my goal.  I would like to extend many thank yous to all who donated on my behalf.”
Seymour Fire Marshal Paul Wetowitz also went behind bars and raised close to $1,000 for the cause.  Final numbers have not been calculated yet, but Kurt had raised over $2,750 by the time he left the event. 
The MDA is able to continually provide help and hope to hundreds of thousands of children and adults living with neuromuscular disease. Donations from the Lock-Up will support local families and guarantee that MDA can continue its mission to find treatments and cures, as well as provide vital services. MDA uses funds for:
  • Worldwide research 
  • Multidisciplinary Medical Clinics
  • MDA summer camps
  • Support groups
  • Flu shots
  • Support and hope. 
For more information visit www.mda.org.

The above was provided by Christine Conroy, Miller's administrative assistant.

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