John Coughlin calls his friends to help bail him out of "jail" in a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.
by Jeff Switzer, staff reporter
Woodinville saw 17 people put behind bars last Thursday. Community and business leaders showed up at the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District Headquarters to do their time: one hour behind bars and on the phone for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
As part of MDA's fundraising efforts, volunteers agreed to spend one hour trying to raise $500 for their "bail." In all, more than $5,000 was raised between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for MDA.
"I'm in a place you never want to be," John Coughlin, from Woodinville Ski & Bike, related over the phone. "I'm in jail and I need your help."
Volunteers sat at a long table behind bars and made phone calls asking friends and business contacts for money to "bail them out of jail," adding after the initial shock that they were there for charity.
Gerrie See's family bailed "grandma" out of the hoosegow for $500. "They were one dollar short so they robbed the piggy banks," said See, whose grandchildren didn't like the idea that grandma was in jail.
"For a small town, it's good to have the numbers come out that do," said Bill Gouslin, MDA district director. "Those that do turn out are really supportive."
AT&T Corp. donated both the phones and the air time for free, as they do year-round for the 40 scheduled "lock-ups" that MDA puts on. The Woodinville Fire District donated the space. Albertsons gave donuts and Subway donated sandwiches. MDA serves 2,500 children and adults and 79 to 89 percent of the money raised goes to research, services, and programs.
Names and stores readers will certainly recognize included Don Julien, Woodinville Library manager; Crandall Trevor, the Armadillo Barbecue; Kathy Freeland, Choices The Gallery; Marion Goins, Key Bank; Joy Huffer, Hair FX; Janie Putt, Cottage Lake Elementary; Bill St. George, Woodinville Auto Body; Sandy Baptie, Old Mill Coffee Co.; Ron Johnson, R&G Auto Body; Gerrie See, A-B See's Towing; Dan Usitalo, Courtesy Glass, Inc.; Ray Worl, Spectrum Glass; Penny Byers, Stock Market Foods; John Coughlin, Woodinville Ski & Bike; Jon Hagen, Woodinville Indoor Soccer; Sandy Salathe, Art By Square Foot; and Jo Valberg, Valberg Corp.