LAYTON -- Cody Schneider, wearing a large judge's robe, kept a watchful eye Wednesday on the community leaders being hauled into Famous Dave's barbecue restaurant, where each leader was locked up to raise money for charity.
After all, a Riverdale 9-year-old with muscular dystrophy stands to benefit from the community leaders' ability to raise "bail," funds that will be used to send the boy and his Muscular Dystrophy Association colleagues to a weeklong summer camp in June in Salt Lake City.
"It's very helpful, all the help MDA gives us," said Cody's mother, Kim Schneider, who attended the event along with Cody and other family members.
The funds raised at Layton Lock Up 2011 will help support more than 1,300 local families living with one of 43 forms of muscle disease, said Heather Norman, MDA fundraising coordinator.
The hope was to raise $30,000 at Wednesday's four-hour event, in which 40 community leaders participated, she said.
The community leaders agreed to be arrested and placed behind bars, where they used a cell phone to raise $800 in bail, the amount needed to send one child to MDA summer camp, Norman said.
"The kids get to basically be like everybody else for the week," she said of the camp. "They love it."
One of the community volunteers brought into the restaurant after being arrested by the MDA police, a role played by Hill Air Force Base military personnel, was Syracuse Police Sgt. Philip Rogich.
MDA officials had called the Syracuse Police Department and asked for a volunteer, Rogich said.
Rogich was that volunteer, with most of the donations for his bail coming from fellow officers.
But because money is tight, Rogich said, he was uncertain whether he would reach the $800 goal.
But either way, Rogich will get a free lunch from Famous Dave's restaurant out of the deal.
"Famous Dave's is always trying to be part of the community, and MDA is a great opportunity," said Scott Morton, area director for the restaurant.
"It is just about helping out the local community," said Morton, whose restaurant provided about 20 tables for the event, as well as meals for volunteers and the community leaders attempting to raise funds for the charity.
Other local businesses helping out Wednesday were Sprint, which provided cell phone service, and Young Chevrolet and Young GMC of Layton, which provided vehicles to transport community leaders to and from the event.
The MDA, in addition to providing a summer camp for ages 6 to 17, Norman said, provides such needed services as clinic visits, immunizations and medical equipment for those living with the muscle disease.
Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of neuromuscular diseases characterized by muscle weakness and muscle wasting.
Those wishing to make a donation to MDA can call 801-278-6200.