MDS_LockupThis month, one of our own spent some time in the slammer in the name of charity. Tim Gunther, Director of Business Development at PowerDMS™, was “arrested” for having a “big heart” as part of the Muscular Dystrophy Lock-Up fundraiser. Tim volunteered for the cause alongside other local business and community leaders, with all the “bail money” raised behind bars being donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

According to their website, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary national health agency–a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. MDA today is one of the world’s leading voluntary health agencies fostering research and medical care.

Miracle_Miles_5KWe also participated in the Winnie Palmer Miracle Miles 5K/15K at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Several members of the Give Back Committee–and a few of their kids–forwent sleeping in on their Saturday morning and laced up their sneakers to benefit the Alexander Center for Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. More than 3,500 runners turned out for the race’s 14th year. Other events included the Kids’ Fun Run and the Walk-for-Winnie.

The Alexander Center for Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital is one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the United States, according to their website. With more than 1,600 babies admitted every year, the facility is capable of the highest level of care for high-risk newborns, and is organized to provide highly skilled, life-saving interventions to critically ill newborns.

Along with these events, the Give Back Committee made donations to the PKD Foundation and The Florida Hospital For Children. All-in-all, it was a productive and rewarding kick off to fall.