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w w w . y o u t h c e n t r e s c a n a d a . c o m 28 F ifty members of the Kemptville community were tried, charged and jailed at Kemptville Youth Centre's third annual 'Jail & Bail' fundraiser held at the youth centre on April 1, 2016. The fundraiser was a hit, surpassing this year's goal of $16,500 with a whopping total of $20,000 raised. In 2013, KYC Executive Director Robin Heald decided she wanted to do a pledge based event to raise money for the centre's programming expenses. After a lot of brainstorming between her and the KYC fundraising committee, they decided on a Jail & Bail event. Every year since, they've transformed the upper level of KYC to look like a court room, complete with a jail cell. Volunteers from the community played the roles of judge, prosecution, defence and bailiffs. This year, they had 20 volunteers helping out on the day of the event and behind the scenes leading up to the big day. "We contacted companies and individuals in the community and surrounding area and asked if they would be a jailbird. If the person or company agreed, we created a fun, silly charge related to their company or work," said KYC staff member Bridget Manahan. "Once we created their fun charge we sent them a package that included information on the event, and pledge sheets. We also set them up on our My Event page, where they could send out the hyperlink to their friends and family and post on social media for people to donate to their "bail" money." Each trial lasted 10 minutes, according to Manahan. The event was held from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all 50 community members were found guilty of charges like "lifting the spirits of Kemptville/Merrickville" (LCBO managers), "being too Furrific" (Furrific Dog Grooming) and "putting Kemptville back in Motion" (Back in Motion Chiropractic). Cathy Sharpe of iMedia Northside Inc. was one of the jailbirds who participated in the event. With the help of iMedia Northside staff and friends, she was able to raise $650 for the event. "They gave me a slice of white bread in a baggie and a bottle of water and then I had to go to jail," Sharpe said with a laugh. "It was a blast, I had an absolute ball!" iMedia participates in many community fundraisers, according to Sharpe. She said they try to do at least one fundraiser a year outside their own office. Sharpe believes it's important to support youth centres because of the important role they play in their communities. KEMPTVILLE YOUTH CENTRE by Victoria St. Michael

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