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Perham area 'Jailbirds' raise $3,500 for muscular dystrophy fight

Perham and surrounding communities showed solid support during the "Most Wanted" Lock-Up--which benefited the people of North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The event, held August 24, at T-Bonz Steak House, Perham, raised over $3500 in cash and pledges with more arriving daily.

MDA would like to extend a very special thanks to the generous contributors, as well as the Lock-Up participants who dedicated their time and efforts to raise funds for MDA's local patient service programs," said Laura Hochsprung, MDA Program Coordinator, Greater North Dakota Chapter

"Thank you to the wonderful staff at T-Bonz for their donation in kind," said Hochsprung. "Congratulations to the highest Jailbird Achiever, Todd Colliton from Zorbaz Pizza & Mexican Restaurant for raising $603. "

Jailbirds who participated included Rick Sazama and Chad Anderson with Coldwell Banker, Marshall Brown from Pillar To Post, Louis Hoglund with Perham Enterprise Bulletin, Roger Johnson at Roger's Repair, Nikki Shumansky with United Community Bank, Chuck Johnson from City of Perham, John Minge, Michael Bashford and Nate Welte with Peloquin & Minge, Karen Byer from Perham Meat Locker, Stacey Mitchell with Arvig Communication systems, Alex Curtis at Epic Realty Inc, Randy Matthews with Pamida and Nicole Tabfut from Perham Outreach Crisis Center.

"It has been proven the Perham community cares enough to make a difference. The dollars raised translate into direct area patient services. From summer camp and wheelchair purchases to flu shots and support groups, Perham has made a huge difference in the fight against neuromuscular disease," said Hochsprung.