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Children’s Miracle Network–Jailhouse

8/3/2009 4:00:00 AM

This year’s Key Club International Convention was in Dallas, Texas, and Texas-Oklahoma Key Club members “grabbed the reins” as the host committee to make ICON a successful, productive and entertaining event for all.

The Texas-Oklahoma host committee built this jail to raise money for Children's Miracle Network.This year’s Key Club International Convention was in Dallas, Texas, and Texas-Oklahoma Key Club members “grabbed the reins” as the host committee to make ICON a successful, productive and entertaining event for all. The first night opened with the Meet and Greet, and Key Club members represented their regions with spirit, moxie and gusto.

The night before the Meet and Greet, a team of North Crowley Key Club builders engineered and constructed a miniature jail in miniature time. Although the jailhouse was small (6 x 6 feet), it packed with it the same fear and intimidation as a real prison.

The jailhouse, with its gloss-black paint and stone-cold prison bars (PVC pipes), was used to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. At Meet and Greet, host committee “sheriffs” were sent to “arrest” Key Clubbers on the hotel floor for heinous crimes—dancing, talking, standing, etc.—and escort them into jail.

A donation could be used to either release a friend or imprison one, depending on the relationship. Several tried to break out of jail, but all failed and wallowed back to their corners.

In total, more than $550 dollars was donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

“We couldn’t have done this without our talented construction crew, who fought through immense pain and sleep deprivation to finish this masterpiece,” said Le Pham, a North Crowley ICON representative. “The crew, made up of a team of NCHS Key Club members, deserves much of the credit for this huge success.”

Submitted by Bryan Nguyen

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