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The American Cancer Society is putting local professionals behind bars during its annual Jail and Bail event to continue the battle against cancer. The event is hoping to raise $200,000. Attorney David Singer, who started the event, told NBC 6 how it works.
The American Cancer Society is putting local professionals behind bars during its annual "Jail and Bail" event to continue the battle against cancer.
“We bring them in here, bring them in front of the judge, and we either raise their bail or lower their bail, and we don’t let them out of this fun jail until they raise the bail that they have to raise,” said attorney David Singer, who started Jail and Bail.
The “jailbirds,” who get more than one call each, have already raised more than $30,000.
Jail and Bail, held at the Airport Sheraton in Dania, is one of the biggest fundraising events for the American Cancer Society in Broward County. It’s raised more than $2.4 million for cancer research and prevention over the last 22 years.
Lane Strumlauf of UBS financial services sent about 400 emails and expects to raise more than the $6,000 UBS raised last year.
“We try to honor somebody every year, and this year we’re are honoring one of our employees' mothers who had a successful battle with cancer,” Strumlauf said.
All proceeds from Jail and Bail will go towards funding cancer research, patient services and lifesaving education programs. This year, the society’s goal is $200,000 in donations.
“It’s so important to me,” said attorney Anita Paoli. “Everybody has been touched by cancer, and the American Cancer Society, I think, in cancer research is a forerunner in raising funds for helping families.”