Today, IKM architect’s president, John Schrott, AIA, ACHA, reported to the MDA’s site at the Highmark Stadium to serve his sentence as an executive Jail Bird as part of the annual national fundraising efforts. When asked why he agreed to participate, Mr. Schrott said, “I have been thinking about what I do to make a difference in others’ lives for some time. I believe that at this point in my career I am being called to give back to our community. I believe those that are blessed in numerous ways are called to help those in need and that takes many forms.”
The Executive Lock-Up is the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s premier fundraising program. These high-profile events occur all across the country at various times throughout the year. Business and community leaders, like Mr. Schrott, agree to be “put behind bars for good,” where they call upon use their business networks, family and friends to secure donations that will go toward their “bail.”
Mr. Schrott shared that his goal was to raise $3,200 for MDA. As of Lock-Up day, he has exceeded his personal goal. He had supported other colleagues in the past and knew what this event was about and the benefits that it provides to the organization.
With nearly 40 separate individuals or companies that have donated, Mr. Schrott said, “I am astonished and thankful for the support from my friends, family and colleagues. All I can say is the response I received is incredibly awesome.”
All funds raised by the MDA Lock-Up assist the Association in providing lifesaving research, a nationwide network of medical clinics and accessible summer camp experiences to individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases.
Mr. Schrott said, “For IKM, we establish with our consultants and contracting community that we believe in the value of giving back to where we work, live and play. We are all in this together, that is what community is all about.”