Jail and Bail raises more than $9,000 for March of Dimes

By D. C. Moody

April 8, 2014

EASLEY — Under most circumstances raising bail isn’t a good thing but on April 4 some local members of the community found the positives of bailing themselves out of jail.

As part of its efforts to raise money and awareness about birth defects and pre-term birth, March of Dimes held its annual Jail and Bail event and was able to raise over $9,000 during the one-day fundraiser.

“We had a blast and only kept our people locked up for three hours so they could go back to their jobs,” March of Dimes Communications Director Erin Reid said. “This is always a fun event and some of our volunteers were even picked up and ‘arrested’ as part of it all. Dr. Brian Swords was picked up at Tri-County in Easley, Tom O’Hanlan at Sealevel, and Mike Batchelor during a meeting. It was a lot of fun.”

Jail and Bail involves the volunteer being arrested and jailed until they are able to raise enough money to reach their goal, at which point bail is made. According to Reid, support from the community was overwhelming.

“”We’ve had great support from local law enforcement and the community really stepped up,” Reid said. “We had a room full of people not only working the phones they were helping us get the word out to everyone in Pickens County.”

Reid went on to explain that while the fundraising can be fun and entertaining, the issues at hand are much more serious.

“We just want babies to be born healthy and March of Dimes wants to prevent birth defects and pre-term birth,” Reid said. “Not many people know it, but, one in 7 children in Pickens County are pre-term births and 50 percent of those children will have lifelong issues with their health because of it. We want to find why it happens and do our best to prevent it.”

The money raised at the Jail and Bail will roll into the overall numbers raised locally when March of Dimes holds its local March for Babies. In Pickens County the March for Babies is slated to begin at 9 a.m. April 26 in Market Square in Easley.