DeKalb County Leaders “Jail and Bail” for Charity

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County Commissioners and other elected and civic officials found themselves in lock-up Tuesday, to raise money for good causes.

To get out, the “inmates” had to raise at least $200 bail money.

Some wrote a personal check, while police took others to the “jail” at the Holiday Inn Express in Fort Payne.

It was the fundraising kick-off for the United Givers Fund of DeKalb County, which supports ten agencies:

UGF fundraising chair Christy Hardin made a citizens arrest at the end of Tuesday’s meeting of the DeKalb County Commission.

The five commissioners, county attorney, county administrator, and deputy coroner were all aware of the plan ahead of time, and glad to take part.

“We appreciate all the United Givers Fund donations that we get here in the county because they do such a great job, in so many ways with so many organizations,” commission president Ricky Harcrow said.

“It’s such a worthy cause and we wanted to be part of it.”

Hardin escorted Harcrow out of the DeKalb County Activities Building and into the temporary jail at the nearby hotel.

“They’re on the telephone banks in the conference room trying to raise money from the friends, and we’re just hoping they’ll raise their bail and not have to spend the night at the Holiday Inn Express,” Hardin said.

Several continued to make phone calls for support even after passing the $200 goal.

For more information on getting involved with one of the UGF agencies or to make a contribution, visit