Written by Phil Cerroni
City of Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne recently brought down the hammer of the law as part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) 2012 Lock-Up fundraiser. Volunteering as “judge,” Mayor Van Duyne assigned bail amounts and sentenced big-hearted business and community leaders to do hard time at The Ranch at Las Colinas.
As part of the fundraiser, detainees were charged to raise the assigned bail amount for the benefit of the MDA. Until bail money was raised, “caring convicts” enjoyed great food and great networking opportunities at the Irving lockup location. With Mayor Van Duyne serving as judge, the city’s role in the success of the MDA fundraiser was extensive - local firefighters acted as arresting officers who transported community leaders to the Irving lockup location.
“Doing time at The Ranch at Las Colinas here in Irving is the most fitting sentence for all of the business and community leaders who volunteered their time to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and made today’s fundraiser a success,” Van Duyne said. “It is clear that the defendants are all guilty for caring for such an important and worthwhile cause, and I count it a true honor to serve as judge and be part of the MDA fundraiser.”
Last year’s MDA Lock-Up event helped raise more than $40,000 for services to help people living with neuromuscular disease. Funds raised will stay in the North Texas region to fund research, clinical services and help local children attend MDA Summer Camp.
Source: City of Irving