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Alabama Gulf Coast Business and Community Leaders Set to “Go Behind Bars” at the annual MDA Lock-Up Event

GULF SHORES, AL, August 10, 2017 — Business and community leaders from the Gulf Coast area are being “locked up” on August 31st, at Original Oyster House, 701 Gulf Shores Pkwy,
Gulf Shores, AL 36542, while they raise money for “bail” to support the Muscular Dystrophy
Association. Funds raised will help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy,
ALS and related diseases that take away physical strength and mobility.
Business and community leaders have volunteered to go behind bars as part of MDA’s
fundraising program. During the event, participants, called jailbirds, will be locked up for one
hour as they attempt to raise bail by calling on their friends, family and colleagues to contribute
to MDA’s life-saving mission.
“Many MDA families on the Gulf Coast are faced with the daily challenges brought on by
the effects of diseases like muscular dystrophy, ALS, and spinal muscular atrophy. Everyday
freedoms like walking, talking and even breathing can be taken away by these muscledebilitating
diseases,” said Fundraising Coordinator, Amanda Miller, “But with support from our
generous Lock-Up participants and community members, we can help change that by raising
critical funds and awareness that will help kids and adults break free from the barriers that these
life-threatening diseases often bring.”
More than 300 Lock-Up events are expected to take place throughout the U.S. in 2017.
Last year, dedicated participants raised $10.3 million through Lock-Up for MDA.
Every dollar raised through Lock-Up benefits MDA’s mission to fund groundbreaking
research across diseases and provide individuals with life-enhancing programs and support
services, including state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care at the MDA Care Center at Kirklin
Clinic at UAB, Children’s of Alabama and Children’s South, and Spain Rehab Clinic at
UAB, in the Birmingham area.
Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for local kids, where they can
experience the best week of the year at no cost to their families at Camp ASCCA.
To learn more about the Lock-Up program and how to get involved, contact Fundraising
Coordinator Amanda Miller at 334-396-4534 or amiller@mdausa.org or visit mda.org/lockup.

The Original Oyster House (OOH) has two locations, Gulf Shores: 701 Hwy 59 on the Original Oyster House Boardwalk and Mobile: 3733 Battleship Parkway, on the Mobile Causeway. Both locations offer spectacular waterfront views and have been celebrated as the area’s finest family restaurants for the past 34 years. For more information visit www.originaloysterhouse.com.