The Muscular Dystrophy Association recently concluded its annual Coastal Bend's Most Wanted Lock-Up fundraiser on Aug. 6.

Fifty-five Corpus Christi area community and business leaders agreed to be "locked up" in a mock jail-site at Katz Steakhouse & Club 21 where they raised "bail" by making phone calls to friends, family and co-workers to encourage monetary donations that will directly benefit over 150 local MDA client families.

Due to the efforts of community leaders, representatives from prominent local businesses and the overwhelming support from the Laredo community, this year's Lock Up raised over $40,000. Corpus Christi community leaders participate in Lock-Ups year after year because they know how important the funds raised are to maintaining MDA programs.

Proceeds from the Lock-Up remain local, supporting client families by providing services, support groups, research, helping purchase of orthopedic equipment and hosting summer camps for children ages 6-17 who are affected by neuromuscular disease.

Founded in 1950, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health organization dedicated to finding a cure for more than 40 neuromuscular disorders. MDA funds research worldwide including current projects at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In addition, MDA operates 230 hospital-affiliated clinics across the country.