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Local celebrities plan a jail break for charity

Some local celebrities were placed in a unique jail cell today to raise money for charity.

South Eastman Rotary Club’s Krista Friesen says a portion of the deposit will go to Soup’s On to support the School Lunch Program, which provides a nutritious lunch for local students who might not otherwise eat lunch.

“That’s our job as a Rotary,” she says. “Child poverty and improving conditions for children. So that’s one of our charities for this event.”

This fundraiser also supports the relief effort in Ukraine.

“Our international project this year was actually Guatemala, but it was kind of urgent and it was in the news and it really got to our hearts knowing that Steinbach has our sister city in Ukraine. That’s why we’re working with Friends of the Mennonite Center to offer some support to the people of Ukraine right now.”

Twelve well-known people from Steinbach spent time in the special jail cell at Clearspring Center while waiting for enough donations to cover their bail. Each local celebrity was also charged with various “crimes,” which caused a lot of laughter.

Mayor Earl Funk was accused of “cutting the fat too much”, while Brian Bartel was accused of “burning the Schmauntfett”.

David Klassen of the Steinbach Arts Council was charged with “impersonating Patrick Dempsey”.

Other attendees at the Jail Break event included Reeve Stan Toews, Cyndy Friesen, Chris Goertzen, Emma Boulanger, Farrel Rempel, Reid Gerbrandt, Randy Wohlgemuth, Phil Rempel and Corny Rempel from the Mix 96.7 FM morning show. He was accused of telling too many “stupid jokes”.

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