Some people look quite fetching in black-and-white horizontal stripes or prison orange, especially if they are helping children suffering from muscular dystrophy.

The Brown County Muscular Dystrophy Association branch has kicked off their annual MDA Lock-Up nomination process. The Lock-Up is one of MDA’s largest and high profile fund-raisers. It occurs throughout the country at various times of the year.

The Brown County Lock-Up will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at the Adams Street Community Center and no prison attire is required.

Volunteers for the event will pick up those who were nominated and agreed to participate for the “crime” of “having a big heart,” and takes them to the community center, or the “jail.” Volunteers are given several weeks in advance to gather donations from business vendors, coworkers, family, friends, aquaintances and strangers to help pay for their “bail,” which is set at $800. This amount was chosen because $800 is the cost to send one child to MDA summer camp.

Participants will be picked up at their designated times and spend one hour “behind bars.” During that hour, they may use their “phone call” to gather donations to make their goal or, if they already have their bail money, may use that time to mingle with fellow businesses within the community and meet some of the individuals and families they are helping.

Several individuals and businesses aid in making this fund-raiser a success. Food is provided in the “big house” by a local restaurant, who has not been determined at this time, and the cars that pick up the “jailbirds” are on loan from a local dealership for the event. Those who live in Brown County, but not in the local Brownwood area typically drive themselves to “jail.”

The proceeds go back into the local Brown County community to help families and children that suffer from muscular dystrophy. Typically, around 75 to 100 volunteers participate in the MDA Lock-Up every year.

“Last year was one of our best years ever,” said Lori Seymore, area director for MDA, “We made $31,118.”

MDA is a non-profit organization, who receives their funding through donors and fund-raisers such as the MDA Lock-Up program. All donations are tax deductible.

To participate or to donate to one of Brown County’s local “jailbirds,” visit http://www.mdalockup.org/Brownwood.