Jail-A-Thon brings in a record amount

By: Brendaly Vega - Bladen Journal intern

ELIZABETHTOWN —The Bladen County Education Foundation spent April 29 arresting area residents, many of them the movers and shakers of the county, and aimed trumped up bogus charges at each one. And it paid off in a big way.

The ninth annual Foundation jail-A-Thon turned into a cash cow, as the fundraiser netted its best-ever influx of money. As of last week, the total stood at more than $7,200.

“We are very pleased with the turnout this year,” said Elizabethtown attorney David Wall, who serves as the Foundation’s treasurer and the “judge” during the Jail-A-Thon.

Also pleased was Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor.

“This is great news,” he said recently. “I appreciate so much the work that everyone has put into making this a success. The children of Bladen County benefit so much from your generosity.”

According to Wall, specific Bladen County residents are notified in advance to see if they will be willing to participate in the fundraiser. If they agree, then they are picked up by policemen or a sheriff and brought in to the Board of Education to “serve their time.” Then they learn what crime they have committed and they are told how much their bail is. They can pay the bail or call people to donate money on their behalf.

The Jail-A-Thon is a fundraiser to assist public education in Bladen County. Over the years, Bladen County Schools has been able to use the money to help students attend a Beta Club convention in Florida, for example.

On the day of the event, there were 20 to 25 “crooks” arrested. However, some people donate to the fundraiser before and after the actual event.

The Bladen County Educational Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit corporation that was founded in the late 2005 by Wall, Gary Grady and Dr. Margaret Lawrence. The Foundation was formed to help provide the students and educators who attend and work in the public school system of Bladen County with additional monies and material support to enrich their educational and teaching experiences.

Brendaly Vega is a Bladen Journal summer intern from UNCP. She can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

Brendaly Vega

Bladen Journal intern