Resident arrested for fund-raiser
Eudora police arrested a Pinecrest resident last week for donating her time to a worthy cause.
Darlene Randel participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Lock-Up on Thursday. After being "arrested" by Eudora Police Officer Kelly Charbonneau, Randel went to Old Chicago restaurant in Lawrence. There, she strapped on her guitar and performed songs with her father, Claud Jordan, as her mother, Elva Jordan, clog danced to the tunes.
Representing Pinecrest in the fund-raising effort, Randall and the facility raised nearly $225. Though falling short of the business' $1,000 goal, Randel said she enjoyed singing for the cause. She even came up with a plan to raise the rest of the money.
"I'm going to charge them $900 to sing and that'll be alright," she joked.
MDA program coordinator Jennifer Kelly said this year's goal for Douglas County participants was $30,000. She said the fund-raiser was a success.
"We had 76 jailbirds attend and we raised $29,000," Kelly said. "It was close to $30,000, but not quite."
Kelly said she expects last-minute donations to help the MDA meet its goal.
With money raised through fund-raisers such as Lock-Up, the MDA is able to provide services for those with muscular dystrophy. Once an individual is diagnosed by a physician as having muscular dystrophy, the MDA can make services available to that person. The MDA has a facility at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo., as well as summer camps, clinics and other care-giving resources.
"If they've been diagnosed by their primary physician, they'll call us and get registered with our office here," Kelly said. "We do the clinics free of charge and we help provide the maximum that we can for each person."
Pinecrest manager Shirley Douglass said she was happy Pinecrest had a hand in the fund-raising.
"It's fun that helps people," she said.