Northwest NEWS

November 25, 2002

Local News

Community leaders sent to the slammer

   Photo courtesy of Muscular Distrophy Assn.
   Woodinville City Manager Pete Rose served time last week for "Having a Big Heart."
   by Jeanette Knutson
   Staff Writer
   One hundred fifty Woodinville, Bothell, Kenmore and Juanita-area community and business leaders were arrested last week.
   Each suffered the indignity of being taken into custody at their place of work. Strong-armed Bothell and Redmond fire department employees served warrants on the offenders, hauling them off to a makeshift jail at Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville.
   Arrestees were charged with "Having a Big Heart." Bail for each was set at $1,500.
   Once in the cellblock, the perpetrators were given "cell" phones. Their task: to call for help in the form of bail money.
   The lockup shenanigans were all in good fun.
   Detainees and those they called for bail money raised $76,028 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
   There are about 1,900 patients with muscular dystrophy from King County to the Canadian border that will benefit from the money raised.
   Event proceeds will fund the following:
   services for those with the disability at the University of Washington and Children's Hospital clinics;
   research into causes and cures;
   summer camp for children at Camp Berachah in Auburn;
   wheelchairs, leg braces and assistive communication devices; and
   support groups for families and people with the disability.
   Muscular Dystrophy is a group of 43 neuromuscular diseases, which cause muscles not to function properly. The diseases affect adults and children, have different progression rates, different ages of onset. Some are life shortening; some, life changing.
   "It was a well-organized event that raised a great deal of money in a short time for a great cause," said Woodinville City Manager Pete Rose. "Redhook and the other sponsors did a great job."
   Redhook Ale Brewery hosted the function and provided space and food. Biddle Chevrolet donated seven vehicles for the fundraiser. Shuttle Express donated seven Towncars. Cell phones were provided by Advance Cellular Technology.
   Those who suggested names of persons to be arrested remain in a witness protection program.