The Mecklenburg County Cancer Associations annual Lock Up Cancer event brought in over $32,000 to assist cancer patients in the county. Volunteers spent part of the evening of May 8 in a makeshift jail while raising bail money for the organization. Rhonda Elmore, one of the event’s organizers, said that there were 36 people serving as jailbirds. Friends and supporters also came out to the Mexican-themed event. 

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South Hill Mayor Dean Marion, left, hears how his case will be resolved by Judge David Lipscomb. 

It was a very good turnout, Elmore said. 

Elmore said this was the events seventh year in Mecklenburg County. Brian’s Steakhouse hosted the event. 

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Sheriff Bobby Hawkins Jr. was brought in handcuffed to two of his deputies. 

Elmore said the funds raised will go to help Mecklenburg County residents who are battling cancer, but they may be used for any kind of expense, including gas and electricity in addition to healthcare costs. 

David Lipscomb served as the judge for the event, handing out sentences and telling the prisoners they needed to raise more bail money. At the end of the evening, he thanked everyone for participating and announced the total amount of funds raised thus far. 

Weve seen how devastating cancer can be, Lipscomb said. Think what this will do for our friends, for our communities.

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Sheriff Bobby Hawkins Jr. discusses his case with the evenings judge, David Lipscomb, as the jails occupants look on.

Lipscomb also announced the top three fundraisers for the evening. Jessica Lafoon was the top finisher, raising $3,215. Rebecca Bulluck was the second-place fundraiser, and Floyd and Henry Edmonds worked as a team and came in third. 

Other jailbirds were South Hill Chief of Police Stuart Bowen, Amanda Svard, Sheriff Bobby Hawkins Jr., Buck Farrar, Mayor Dean Marion, Nikki Kallam, Larry West, Mary Hardin, Keli Reekes, Chad Barbour, Brooks Lenhart, Krystle Connell, Michelle Gordon, Kim King, Georgia Franck, Jordan Klein, Sharon Johnson, Christine Zubrod-Ezell, Commonwealths Attorney Allen Nash, Cici Carroll, Shannon Facchina, Sep Evans, Holly Painter, Christy Wilson, Lakisha Mitchell, Linda Adamos, County Administrator Wayne Carter, Taylor Parrish, a team from Total Image Solutions, Lorrie Beth Thomas, Crystal Washburn, and Sandy OConnor. Michael Carter was the bailiff Security Sam at the event. 

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The Lock Up Cancer organizers gather for a group photo at last weeks event.

Information on the Mecklenburg County Cancer Association and applications for assistance are available at mecklenburgcancer.org. Donations may also be made through the website.