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Behind bars for good...a good cause that is

October 12, 2011
DUNKIRK — Collecting bail money can be a challenge, but when it is raising “bail” money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, those challenges can earn you additional prizes.

The Applebee’s in Dunkirk was turned into a jailhouse that rocked on Thursday, Sept. 29,

raising money for the services the organization provides, such as a magical week of fun and independence at MDA Summer Camp, helping families see the top specialists for their disease via outpatient clinics, help obtaining and repairing vital medical equipment through equipment assistance, support groups for families and the people MDA serves sharing and caring together and hope for the future through research.

Jailbirds where put to task with 15 minute challenges to see how much money they could raise over the phone with the winners of those challenges receiving special prizes such as CDs and Applebee’s coupons. With participants yelling out amounts as they secured donations, the atmosphere was upbeat.

In her first year “going to jail for good,” Westfield Republican and Mayville Sentinel News Editor Jenna Loughlin was able to raise over $400 in just two weeks.

“Jail wasn’t as bad as I thought,” she said. “I was sort of volunteered for this event, but I am glad I participated. I enjoy seeing kids have a good time, and I know the money I raised will help give some kid a fun summer camp experience. That’s really what this is all about.”

There is also still time to give to the cause.

“I spent my time in jail, but there is still time to donate,” she said. “The MDA will be accepting contributions until Oct. 28.”

Anyone interested in donating can stop by the Westfield Republican office at 39 East Main Street in Westfield or go online to

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The editor of the Westfield Republican and Mayville Sentinel News, Jenna Loughlin, went “behind bars” on Thursday, Sept. 29 as part of a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.



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