Fake arrests pull in $90,000 for a real cause

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) held its annual Jail and Bail fundraising event at Bankers Hall Oct. 7 and raised more than $90,000 for the fight against cancer.

Some 59 Calgarians agreed to be ‘arrested’ for made-up crimes by members of the Calgary Police Service and were required to post donations, or “bail,” in order to win back their freedom.

“Criminals” collected their bail by calling friends, family and co-workers for donations to the cancer society, which uses the money for research, advocacy, information and support for those affected by cancer and supports preventative measures for those at risk of being diagnosed.

One of the participants, Catherine Lemon, earned herself a $3,500 bail after her plan to turn in her boss backfired. Her co-workers decided to turn Lemon in as a “slave-driver.”

“I’ve actually had a sister pass away from breast cancer so it’s very near and dear to my heart,” said Lemon.

“We try to do everything we can to raise money.”

Some of those convicted were surprised by their charges, like Alec Clark, who was arrested for “harassing a client.” That cost him bail of more than $3,000.

Clark ended up collecting $8,225 to get out of jail, the largest donation at the event.

Jail and Bail has spent two decades arresting law-abiding citizens in Calgary. Last year it brought in $42,000, according to Shayenne Herder, a spokesperson for the society.

Under Arrest: Criminals convicted of fake crimes call for donations from their friends and family for Jail and Bail. (Photo by Kevin Yates/The Press)
Under Arrest: Criminals convicted of fake crimes call for donations from their friends and family for Jail and Bail. (Photo by Kevin Yates/The Press)
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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Kevin Yates is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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