CORNWALL, Ontario – Prominent members of the Cornwall community found themselves under arrest this past Thursday, April 12.
It was all in good fun however, and for a good cause as a part of the second annual Jail & Bail fundraiser for the Hub for Beyond 21.
If someone was nominated for Jail & Bail, they would be picked up by the local police and brought to the “jail” at the Cornwall Square.
They would then be read their charge by the judge and given the bail amount they had to raise before they were released.
Bill Makinson for example, was charged with “hiding from the camera”. Big Brothers, Big Sisters Cornwall Executive Director Ron Graham was charged with “being overly involved in the community.”
There were 28 individuals brought-in in total, and organizer Shannon Savard hoped to raise a good amount of money for the cause.
Last year, Jail & Bail raised around $10, 000 for the Hub for Beyond 21.
The Hub for Beyond 21’s goal is to provide a space and an opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities to live connected and respected lives while contributing to the community.
The Hub for Beyond 21 must raise around $300,000 annually to meet its operating budget.
“I want people to know that we receive no government funding,” said event organizer Shannon Savard. “The money raised today will go towards participant activity fees, arts and crafts, lunches and more.”
In all, Beyond 21 serves 50 families.