It started like any normal workday. I came to the office, started with a cup of coffee, responded to my e-mails, then turned myself in for a "jail" sentencing, where I stood before a judge, got my stripes and a mugshot, and well... you MIGHT be able to guess the rest of that story! On March 20, 2013, I spent my afternoon "behind bars" as part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up. The MDA Lock-Up is an annual event to raise money in the fight against muscle disease. I was contacted in late February to take part in the event, and although I had never done it, I thought this would be a good way for me to give back to the community. On the day of my "arrest", I appeared before the judge -- every bit as wise as his age of 10 years old -- who sentenced me to more time until an additional $250.00 could be raised. I was then whisked off to don my prison attire and handcuffs and have my mugshot taken for all to see.
As you can probably guess, the event was not actually a lock-up, but was treated like one, nonetheless. The judge, bailiff, and most others that were "in charge" were children who have been affected by some type of muscular disease. It was very easy to see why this is a worthwhile event, especially when these kids were so excited to see more people appear before the judge and go to jail.
My bail was set at $2,400.00, a number that I thought might be unachievable. But, with the help of many brothers and friends, we were able to present MDA with $2,970.00 for their organization. Thank you to all our Acacia brothers that helped me achieve this goal and exemplify our motto of Human Service.