Business owners 'jailed' for charity donation

BUFORD - More than 50 local business leaders were recently arrested and hauled off the jail - all to help some kids attend a summer camp.

The 54 jailbirds weren't released until they raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Camp Walk 'n Roll.

The participants raised more than $45,000, and John Gatlin of Veritas Homes and Carl Cores from Sherwin Williams both raised more than $2,000, according to a news release.

The cost to send one child or young adult to MDA summer camp is $800, and the community's support will help 50 local children with neuromuscular diseases spend a week at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge.

Sponsors of the event included Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, CarMax, Starbucks, Dillard's BBQ, Athena's Pizza, Hooters, O'Charleys, Atlanta Bread Company, Macaroni Grill, BA Music and Home Depot.

The "jailbirds" were returned to their office in limos provided by World Premier Limo, White Glove Limo and Georgia Limo.

MDA, a national voluntary health agency dedicated to conquering more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect one million Americans of all ages, serves more than 2,200 families in the metro Atlanta and North Georgia areas by providing assistance in the purchases and maintenance of wheelchairs, leg braces and more

To learn more, visit www.mda.org.