Story last updated at 2:32 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2002

Jailed for a worthy cause
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  Photo by Carey James, Homer News
Shari Church works the phones Thursday, raising money to "get out of jail."  
Thirty-seven area residents put themselves behind bars to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association last Thursday during a "Lock Up" fund-raiser at Land's End Resort.

The event raised $17,101, $7,000 more than last year, with people and organizations from around the community donating. The top bail raiser was Joe Riggs, who brought in $1,520 before being released from his voluntary confinement.

According to Amanda Tew, director of the Alaska Chapter of the association, all the funds raised in Homer stay in Alaska to help those suffering from the disease with treatment, services and a summer camp program.

"All that money goes directly back into the community," she said.

Anyone who missed their chance to donate to the association may call 1-800-478-5683.

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