Jail-A-Thon deemed a success

Erin Smith Staff writer

April 16, 2014

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Education Foundation is declaring the annual Jail-A-Thon a huge success.

“This was one of our biggest ever,” said David Wall, one of the organizers of the event.

He added quickly that the group is still counting all of the coins and there are some outstanding checks that have yet to be submitted.

“Right now it looks like we’re close to $4,000,” said Wall. “We are very pleased.”

In addition, Wall said there was excellent participation from the community as well as the educational system.

“We were very pleased with the particiaption from the community and the educational system,” said Wall. “There was more (community participation) than we could have anticipated.”

Wall added that it will still be about a couple of weeks before they have an accurate accounting of just how much was raised.

“I think everyone knows it’s for a good cause,” said Wall.

All the money raised by the event will be given to Bladen County Schools to be used in whatever manner the school officials deem it is needed for, according to Wall.

“Our thanks go out to everyone,” said Wall.

The Foundation was assisted by members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the White Lake Police Department and Elizabethtown Police Department, who “arrested” numerous willing participants for the event.

Wall said that everyone needs to get ready now for next year’s event, as plans are already under way for 2015.