$37,000 Raised for Local MDA Chapter at Executive Lock Up
Select business leaders, appropriately nicknamed “Honorary Jailbird,”’ served a voluntary 60-minute sentence at Legal Sea Foods to raise funds for MDA. Between enjoying a delicious lunch and networking with other participants, MDA Jailbirds called friends and family to bail them out of jail. The $37,000 that was raised at Wednesday’s Lock Up will help fund MDA’s clinic at Rhode Island Hospital, summer camp tuition, essential equipment repairs, support groups and worldwide research.
Among those who participated was Attorney Rob Levine, the infamous ‘Heavy Hitter®’, who raised more than $10,000 and became Rhode Island’s top raising Honorary Jailbird ever! An incredible achievement that “could not have been accomplished without the help of all the dedicated and giving friends, vendors, and employees who I have been so fortunate to surround myself with,” says Levine, “thank you to everyone for all of your support and help.”
Attorney Levine’s commitment to his community began at the age of 16 when he joined the local emergency response team as a medical technician. Levine later served in the Rhode Island National Guard as a military police officer and continued on to join the Central Falls Police Department. Working as a public servant inspired Levine to pursue a career in law. “I became a lawyer so that I could have an impact on the community in a more global sense, and reach more people suffering from injuries and disabilities,” he says.
While proud to have made history for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Rhode Island, Levine humbly insists, “Every dollar raised- by every person- for MDA makes a difference.”
MDA runs more than 80 summer camps across the nation, giving children with muscle disease the opportunity to experience a week without barriers. “We’re very happy and very proud,” says Traci Fulford, of Ocean State Behavioral, “to have supported these wonderful kids in their quest to go to camp.”
MDA is the world’s leading nonprofit health organization sponsoring research seeking the causes of and effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases. MDA research grants currently are supporting more than 250 projects worldwide. MDA covers 43 diseases including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).