Joshua Robison poses for a mug shot like the participants of the jail and bail fundraiser. Photo by Marisa Caban
The second annual March of Dimes fundraiser, Jail and Bail, ended in the detainment of Dr. Bret Wood, Dr. Wayne Jones and Mr. Chris Meyer. Ms. Lori Morrow, the Humanities Department’s representative, avoided jail time by raising bail before the event.
Throughout the month of March, each department was asked to raise money for the March of Dimes. The goal was to raise $100 per department. If the funds weren’t raised in time, a jail sentence of fifteen minutes had to be served in the Wellness Center’s makeshift cellblock.
For added fun, this year’s prisoners were also required to wear orange jumpsuits while they served their time behind bars.
The Humanities Department won this year’s competition, raising over $300 of the $550 total.
The March of Dimes is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide prenatal support to women at risk of pre-term deliveries and fund research programs that combat birth defects and infant mortality.
All proceeds from the Jail and Bail event will go straight to the March of Dimes, where 77 cents of every donated dollar is used for research and support programs.
The next metro area March of Dimes event, “March for Babies”, will be in Norman on May 4. Registration starts at 9am and the march begins at 10am.
Have you ever wanted the chance to bail your Dean out of jail? The March of Dimes event “Jail and Bail” is a great opportunity to spring the powers that be from the pokey and raise money for a good cause.
This friendly fundraising competition between departments will provide much needed funds to the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health of mothers and babies.
Each department has a donation jar to collect money and they have until March 27 to raise at least $100.
The “prisoners” this year are Dr. Bret Wood, Dr. Wayne Jones, Mr. Chris Meyer and Ms. Lori Morrow. They will report to the Wellness Center gym floor on the last day of the competition. If their department has not raised enough funds, they must serve their prison sentence, 15 minutes in “jail”.
This year the campaign hopes to add some more fun to the FUNdraiser by having orange jumpsuits on hand for any “prisoners” that are unable to post bail.
All proceeds from this event go directly to the March of Dimes, where 77 cents of every dollar raised is used to support research and programs that combat birth defects and infant mortality.
Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor
The Health and Wellness Center served as the detention center for the March of Dimes Jail and Bail, on Wednesday, March 23. Dr. Bret Wood, Dr. Wayne Jones Edmund Gert & Mr. Chris Meyer all agreed to be the inmate representatives for their departments, and had to raise $100 each for bail money.
March of Dimes originally started as an organization to fight polio. After becoming one of the only organizations to meet their goal of nearly eradicating the disease, they turned to babies as their new cause. Their goal is to reduce birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality rates through research and education.
Division Director Kelli Null, from the Oklahoma Chapter, was on hand to oversee the event. She set up a table of information for those interested in March of Dimes and their cause.
“March of Dimes is here to help moms have healthier babies and pregnancies,” said Null,” I became involved through a friend who had gestational diabetes during her pregnancy. The baby was born 7 weeks early with an underveloped lung. He is healthy now, but suffers from asthma as a result.”
This case, like many others, drives the March of Dimes in its cause. Their advocay has led to the passage of many acts within Congress, such as the PREEMIE Act, which brought together experts to speed the development of prevention strategies for premature labor and delivery.
Rose State joined forces with this organization by imprisoning some of their department heads in the Wellness Center Jail, which was set up on the east side of the basketball court, along with the March of Dimes table. Dr. Bret Wood and Edmund Gert achieved their bail amount before the kickoff of the event, which left Dr. Wayne Jones and Chris Meyer to serve time until they were bonded out. The department that raised the most bail money retained bragging rights for a year. The overall total of the event came to $647.52.
The Oklahoma City 2 mile March will be 9:00 a.m. May 5 at the State Fairgrounds.
Photo by Chelsea Ratterman
Chris Meyer serves his time for the March of Dimes: Jail and Bail.