Juneau Jail & Bail for March of Dimes

Bailiff Shirley McCoy of Women of the Moose keeps jailbird Janice Holst on lockdown to raise money for March of Dimes.

On Sept. 17, the Juneau Moose Family Center hosted the annual Jail & Bail for the March of Dimes. After the Jailbirds were checked in by the court clerks, Karen Fortwengler and Sue Trivett, they were presented to the bailiff, Shirley McCoy, who brought the jailbirds before “hanging judge” Sonie Blackwell, who earned her reputation from previous years. All were found guilty of aiding and abetting in the March of Dimes’ mission of saving babies by helping to prevent birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality in Alaska. Janie Odgers, the state director, and one of our own chapter members, were here with jailbird outfits, handcuffs and a camera. After the mug shots were taken, the jailbirds were seated and the cell phones brought out — “Hey Mom, help I’m in jail.” The laughter would start, but the friends and family members didn’t let us down. In place of the traditional bread and water, the Jailbirds feasted on wonderful soups and cornbread provided by Ray and Emily in the Moose Lodge kitchen. At the end of the day, jailbirds had raised $12,000 for this most worthy cause. Bailiff Shirley McCoy was once again the “top jail bird” who received a “release basket” with gifts provided by several local businesses. Thanks to all who helped us make this another great Community service event!

Shirley McCoy

Women of the Moose


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