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Locals go ‘behind bars’ to raise money for charity

By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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Locked up and needing to post bail, local business owners and community leaders were hot on the phone asking their friends for cash Wednesday. The stunt was all part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s fund drive. Reserve officers with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, armed with a mock warrant, shuttled their prisoners to and from the jail, which was actually the patio at Tahoe Joe’s in Folsom. The prisoners were treated to bread and water, as well as burgers and iced tea. “We had about 40 people,” said Jeana Granico, fund-raising coordinator for the MDA. “Everyone’s been generous and the food was excellent.” Sgt. Ken Mansourian said it was all in fun. “We aren’t on the clock,” he laughed. “This doesn’t cost the taxpayers anything. It’s for a good cause and reserve officers are always ready to help charities.” Bill Tobin, president of the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club, strolled in, with some cash in hand ready to help bail out a needy soul. “I heard about it on Facebook,” Tobin said. “So, I came down to help out the MDA.” Steve Malberg, a local attorney, sipped a glass of wine while he worked the phones to drum up donations so he could post his bail. “This is a lot of fun for a really good cause,” Malberg said. “I’m hoping my buddy Brent isn’t angry at me for roping him in.” Brent Whited, owner of Manderes, laughed at the “angry” remark. “It’s all good,” he chuckled while continuing to dial for dollars. Malberg actually exceeded his $1,600 bail. “I went over my bail because I worked hard on it,” he said. Whited said the effort was rewarding. “I think it’s awesome,” Whited said. “Initially, I had mixed feelings with the ‘lock up’ thing, but it’s about doing something great.” Whited said people need a refresher on what’s really important. “Sometimes we forget about helping others,” he said. “This is a great way to remind us to get involved.” To donate, visit mda.org.