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Jail-A-Thon set for April 26

BladenOnline’s Erin Smith took part in last year’s Jail-A-Thon event.

The Bladen County Education Foundation is gearing up for some fun with their 9th annual Jail-A-Thon set for Wednesday, April 26, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education.

“People seem to have a good amount of fun with it,” said Bladen County Education Foundation’s David Wall. He said the foundation has already received some donations from individuals who will not be able to take part in this year’s event.

“All of the money goes back to the public schools,” said Wall.

The way the Jail-A-Thon works is you sign up a friend, business partner, loved one, or boss to be “arrested.” The person being arrested will then be picked up by a police officer and transported to the Bladen County Board of Education where they will face Wall and learn the “charges” against them and receive their “fine.” Once they have been “sentenced,” the participants then make telephone calls to friends and co-workers to raise the fine.

Last year, the event raised more than $5,000 to assist the public schools in Bladen County, said Wall. This is the group’s main fundraiser each year.

To volunteer or to nominate someone to be “arrested,” call 910-862-1488.

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