Local residents willingly 'serving time' for MDA

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Feb. 27, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County communities are known for citizens' big hearts and generosity toward others, especially children and those facing-life altering ailments and situations.

Their continued support of Hopkins County United Way and the American Cancer Society are examples of residents helping others, and the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up is another example of local people making a difference in East Texas.

"For an area your size, Sulphur Springs raises the most money in this area for MDA," said Brianna Clark, district director. "There's just something really different about Sulphur Springs, the community really cares."

Over the past five years, more than $150,000 has been raised in the Sulphur Springs-Mount Pleasant area. All funds raised here stay in the East Texas area and are used by MDA for purposes such as sending children to camp and providing assistance for children and adults affected by neuromuscular diseases.

Quite a few "law-abiding" citizens and business leaders will be "arrested" Thursday during the MDA Lock-Up. The "jailbirds" will be placed in a mock "jail cell" at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. In order to secure their release from jail, each individual is charged with raising "bail" money.

Among the many individuals who have agreed to be locked up for MDA Thursday will be Stewart Long, Teresa Reynolds, Jan Massey, Brenda Keys, Keith Shurtleff, William Massey, Sherri Baker, Tony Abercrombie, Janie Perkins, Tracy Clements, Dawn Morgan, Phillip White, Darrel Pierce, Sharla Campbell, Donna Gore, Lisa Hooten, Karon Weatherman, Geno Castaeda, Kimberly Garrard and Brenda Edwards.

If you haven't already, don't be surprised if you are contacted by family members, friends or business associates requesting assistance in raising the "bail."

This year's goal for the Sulphur Springs Lock-Up is $40,000, which could be reached if everyone in the county contributed roughly $1.20, per person, Clark noted. If only the city's populace were to contribute, it would take only about $2.65 per person to meet this year's goal.

Of course, the lock-up wouldn't be possible without the support of a number of local sponsors. MDA hgas extended a big thanks to Bodacious Barbecue, who will be providing food for the event, as well as Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, Sulphur Springs Police Department, Hopkins County Constables, Sulphur Springs Fire Department, Texas Top Guns, Alliance Bank, Sulphur Springs Ford, Sulphur Springs High School, AT&T and Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, who are sponsoring the lock-up. Star Country Radio 95.9 will also be doing a live broadcast from the lock-up.

For more information about MDA or the lock-up, call 903-534-2984.

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