Mayor to be ‘Arrested’ for MDA Fundraiser
By Brandi Makuski
On Dec. 16, Mayor Mike Wiza and about 200 other area residents will be “arrested”.
As many as 230 local residents will participate in the annual Stevens Point Lock-Up, which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Sometimes referred to as “Jail and Bail”, the event is designed to mimic a suspect calling friends and family from jail to ask for bail money. Participants of the lock-up, some of whom are nominated to participate by a third party, obtain pledges from friends and family before they can be “released” from custody.
As of Tuesday, Wiza is the only local elected official to have been targeted for the “arrest”.
“I don’t know if they’re actually going to come take me into custody, or if I just show up, or what,” Wiza said on Tuesday.
Lauren Nelsen, fundraising coordinator for MDA in Green Bay, said the group is hoping to raise $26,000 to benefit Portage County programs which assists those suffering from the debilitating muscle disease.
“We’ve had 102 people signup already,” Nelsen said. “We’re hoping for 230.”
The event will be held at Grazies from 2-7 PM. Nelsen said anyone interested in participating can either signup online in advance, or “just show up at 2 o’clock” to help raise funds. Food and beverages will be available.
So far, about $920 of the $26,000 goal has been raised.
Grazies is located at 5327 Highway 10 in east Stevens Point.