York County business leaders go behind bars to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association

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WEST MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Some York County leaders are going behind bars– accused of being armed with kindness and having big hearts. It’s all part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraiser at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in West Manchester Township.

The jailbirds are trying to raise “bail” by encouraging friends, family, and their co-workers to make donations to MDA. The money will help families in the York area who are dealing with the progressive muscle disease. Central Pennsylvania MDA Executive director, Joe Alfano said the funds go towards a variety of things such as equipment repair, sending  children to an MDA summer camp, and research.

“Research is the big thing,” Alfano said.  “MDA is the world leader in neuromuscular research, and research is really expensive.  It costs 70 bucks a minute, so a lot of money goes towards research, so hopefully we find a cure.”

Each MDA jailbird’s bail is set at $3,000 which will also them to be released for good behavior.

About 90 business leaders took part in today’s event which raised around $60,000.