‘Jailbirds’ raise funds

'Jailbirds' raise funds Twenty-three local business leaders and citizens voluntarily spent time behind bars last Tuesday helping raise more than $6,800 during the March of Dimes Jail & Bail event.

The money will help fund local programs that save Vermillion babies from birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality.

On Oct. 12, local volunteers were "arrested" and taken to a temporary jail set up at Silver Dollar Restaurant. After standing before a judge, getting fingerprinted and having mug shots taken, the jailbirds had one hour to call friends, family and co-workers to raise bail in the form of donations to the March of Dimes.

March of Dimes thanks Silver Dollar Restaurant, Pepsi-Cola, Jones' Food Center, Wireless World, Cellular One, and the many volunteers.

who made Jail & Bail a great success.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community service, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a five-year campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.

For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at www.marchofdimes.com or call 1-888-MODIMES.

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