Nearly 100 jailbirds are expected to show up for the annual Phelps County MDA Lock-up, Tuesday, February 7, at the Rolla Area Vocational Technical School. Jailbirds will begin turning themselves in at 10 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m.

Nearly 100 jailbirds are expected to show up for the annual Phelps County MDA Lock-up, Tuesday, February 7, at the Rolla Area Vocational Technical School.  Jailbirds will begin turning themselves in at 10 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m.  The goal is to raise money for the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy.  The annual event is sponsored by the Rolla chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America ( DECA)  with the support of the Culinary Department.  Rolla DECA has been a sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) since 1981 and is one of the top chapters in the nation for raising support for MDA.  

“Jailbirds” expected to turn themselves in include Tim Leible, Laura Brown, Cord Jenkins, Kenny Boeker, Tim Little, Dave Weinbaum, Bill LaMora, Lisa Strauser, Amy Cyrus Willet, Tim Bruno, Sammy Auxier, Jason Locklear, Samantha Gaddy, Jason Arthur, Christy Miller and many others. The jail will be under the watchful eye of Deputy Barney Fife.  Barney is played by Branson entertainer Terry Sanders.  Sanders performs at Silver Dollar City, Shepherd of the Hills, and various theatres in Branson.  

“It’s a fun day for a serious cause” commented DECA Advisor, Billi Jo Stringer.  “The students enjoyed turning people in and coming up with a good reason they should go to jail.”  Each participant will get a “mug shot” taken with Barney Fife; some will receive t-shirts and other souvenirs, and a wonderful pasta lunch courtesy of the Culinary Department at RVTS.  The jail is in the banquet room and decorated by DECA students.  

The lock-up benefits the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The money collected will help maintain the Association’s hospital-affiliated clinics at Mercy Hospital in Springfield which offers diagnostic and follow-up care for people with neuromuscular disorders.  MDA clinic services include physical, occupational, and respiratory therapy evaluations; assistance for repair of leg braces and wheelchairs and flu vaccinations.

MDA also offers support groups, and youngsters 6-17 with neuromuscular diseases spend a fun-filled week at a MDA summer camp. Treatments and cures are sought daily through an aggressive world-wide research program.D This research has recently provided some first time treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a severe type of Muscular Dystrophy.  

Rolla DECA will be honored in April at the International DECA convention in Anaheim, California as one of the top chapters in the nation for the MDA.  DECA, or Distributive Education Clubs of America is a marketing class.
“Rolla DECA has supported MDA 36 consecutive years and done a remarkable job.  It is hard to maintain a level of excellence for that long, but they have done it,” stated MDA Executive Director, Jerry Bear

For more information about the Muscular Dystrophy Association, or the MDA lockup, you can contact Jerry Bear at 417-866-5117.