Familiar faces in the slammer for good cause

Published 11:00 pm Friday, May 31, 2013

Some familiar faces in the community will be doing jail time today.

About a dozen people will be held in a makeshift jail cell on the square in downtown Troy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in hopes that their “bail” will help fund the summer program at the Boys & Girls Club of Pike and Surrounding Counties.

“We are going to turn the gazebo on the square into a little jail and have a massage therapist there for our inmates,” said Gary Fox who heads up the club’s board. “These people are helping us raise some much-needed money, so we are going to pamper them a bit.”

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Dianna Lee, Dr. Phylecya Cheatham, Blair Taylor, Pastor Elijah Shafar, Richard Keill, Shelia Jackson, Sadaris Williams, Amy Drinkard, Pamela Nealy, Chris Hager and Kimberly Murphy will all be locked up for the event. Fox said there is a possibility that Cornelius Griffith might even join the jail gang for the event.

“We might have a warrant issued for Dr. Boyd English’s arrest,” Fox laughed. “He was supposed to be in jail Saturday but I think plans have changed. We’ll get him, though.”

Inmates are tasked with raising $300 to be let out of jail. During their short incarceration, a Boys & Girls Club member will be assigned to each inmate and will monitor their inmate’s fund-raising thermometer posters.

“We thought that would be a good way to involve the kids and have them interact with the community,” Fox said.

The jail and bail event has a goal of $4,000 to help with educational and fun field trips for club members, and the increase in staffing costs during the summer months. Last year, members were able to visit the national club headquarters in Atlanta and attend a WNBA game there.

Fox said the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors chose to have the event on a Saturday to help promote business in downtown Troy. Fox said, as a non-profit operating within the city limits of Troy, it was important to be supportive of the efforts to rejuvenate the downtown area.

Victorian Day Spa will be providing massages for inmates and Chick-fil-A will be feeding those locked up during the event. Troy Police will provide security and ambiance with a unit and flashing lights.

Fox said this is the first time the club has participated in this event, but he hopes to see it continue.