Jail and Bail' Raises Relay Funds

By Amber Smith
The Ledger

HAINES CITY -- City Manager Ann Toney-Deal didn't complain too much when she was taken out of City Hall in handcuffs late Friday afternoon.

It was for a good cause.

Toney-Deal had been "arrested" as part of the city's fund-raising efforts for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Several city officials took part in the Jail and Bail event Friday.

"Jail and Bail events are always a good fund-raiser," ToneyDeal said. "Having it on April 1 this year was even funnier when you have to call friends to bail you out.

Everyone thought it was a joke until I explained it was for the Haines City Relay for Life. Then everyone was quick to donate money for my bail."

"Judge" Les Hall set ToneyDeal's bail at $500, an amount she raised fairly quickly by calling friends and family. But she still spent some time in the metal jail on a trailer and wearing the black and white striped jail shirt.

Fire Chief Lon Cheney was also taken away in chains.

Cheney looked a little perplexed as he was led to the waiting police car.

"It was all for a good cause," Cheney said.

Altogether the Haines City team raised more than $4,000 for the cancer society. Total donations for the Haines City event were not available Monday.

"That includes all the sales from the barbecue sandwiches we sold and the raffle tickets and jail and bail donations," said police Lt. Darren Freeman, who helped head up the city team.

Sgt. Arlis Roberts, who created the special sauces for the barbecue sandwiches and ran the Jail and Bail, said he was pleased with the event.

"It went very well. The Jail and Bail was phenomenal. A lot of people really delved into their pockets. It was great," Roberts said.

Even the rain couldn't dampen the spirits at the all-night Relay for Life, which was held at Yale Field.

"It started to drizzle about 4 a.m. and it was just a torrential downpour about 5 a.m. and that kind of washed us out," Roberts said. "But everyone who participated was just great. We are really looking forward to doing it again next year."

Amber Smith can be reached at amber.smith@theledger.com or 863-422-6800.