June 13, 2012 Edition

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Jail-N-Bail nets $5,000 for CMN

Adam Staples makes a phone call from "jail" during Walmart's Jail-N-Bail fund-raiser for Children's Miracle Network on June 2. Each "prisoner" was asked to raise a minimum of $100 in bail. Staples had the second highest bail posted for the day, raising $670 for the cause.

Gretchen Hunt

A Jail-N-Bail fund-raising event, hosted by Walmart in Walnut Ridge on June 2, far exceeded expectations, raising $5,000, according to Manager Kari Shanks.

The event, which was a fund-raiser for Children's Miracle Network, involved "arresting" 15 community members and asking them to raise bail.

"Inmates were to raise $100 to make bail, but everyone went above and beyond and surpassed the $100 mark," Cindy Blackburn, who coordinated the event, said.

Those "arrested" during the fund-raiser were Sheriff Jody Dotson, Mark VanBrook, State Rep. James Ratliff, Pastor Glenn Smith, County Clerk Tina Stowers, Kari Shanks, Junior Briner, District Judge Larry Hayes, Blake Liscomb, Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House, Rob Combs, Adam Staples, Jim Hartness, Cindi Blackburn and Dennis Truxler.

Dotson was the top bail-raiser, collecting $1,048 in donations and pledges. Staples collected $670, and Liscomb raised $501.

The "prisoners" contacted friends and family members to raise their bail and also received donations from Walmart customers.

"The Walmart #57 associates would like to say a big thank you to everyone who participated and to those who donated," Blackburn said.

The associates are planning to make this an annual fund-raiser with all proceeds going to CMN and Arkansas Children's Hospital.

If anyone did not get chance to donate and would like to, there is still time. Donations can be made at any register through Friday.

"Other CMN fund-raisers are also planned for later in the year," Blackburn said.

Among those is a softball tournament on June 23 at Trumann. For more information on that event or to enter a team, contact Reba Fears at 886-6605.

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