Just caught up with Terry Sobo, the director of sales and marketing for Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats in Cape Coral. Fla. I reached Sobo in his office where he was patiently waiting for the Cape Coral Sheriff’s Department to arrest him and take him to the Victory Lane Café until he could post $2,500 bail.
Sobo is being charged with—absolutely nothing. His arrest and incarceration are of part of an annual fundraising publicity stunt put on by the local arms of the national Muscular Dystrophy Association. The “bail” Sobo raised, which currently stands at $7,400—and counting—goes directly to MDA.
“They’ve called me several times over the years, but I’ve never had time to do it,” Sobo told me over the phone. “It’s a great cause and I finally said, ‘Fine, I’m in,’ and then they told me that the minimum bail was $2,500. So I started thinking about it and I was like, ‘OK, where am I going to get this money? I’m going to have to contact like 250 people.’ So I threw it online.”
Enter seriousoffshore.com, through which Sobo received an immediate and overwhelmingly positive response.
“The guys at seriousoffshore were just unbelievable,” said Sobo. “The three head guys there made generous donations. Within an hour, I had $1,800. By the end of the first day, I had $4,000. Now we have $7,400, and my goal is to get to $10,000.”
For his trouble, Sobo has received what he called “national all-star lock-up status.” That means he has raised enough money to be nominated to present his donation at MDA’s annual telethon in Las Vegas.
“If they pick me, I think I get to present the check to (telethon host) Jerry Lewis,” said Sobo.
If you’re reading this right now and decide to call Sobo and donate, you won’t reach him as he’s likely handcuffed—meaning he can’t reach his mobile phone—in the back of a Cape Coral Sheriff’s car. But you can still pledge to his bail fund by clicking right here.