WPHM Port Huron Raises $60k in “The Last Lockup”

St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon bringing in the day's Most Wanted Prisoner Charlie Barrett, retired owner of Cawood Auto in Port Huron. Barrett was unaware he'd be arrested and was brought in by Donnellon.
St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon (at microphone) bringing in the day’s Most Wanted Prisoner Charlie Barrett (in ballcap holding papers), retired owner of Cawood Auto in Port Huron. Barrett was unaware he’d be arrested and was brought in by Donnellon.

A one-day fundraiser that ended a 61 year tradition took place this past Saturday (2/4) in Port Huron.  WPHM-AM hosted the annual March of Dimes “Jail and Bail” and raised $60,000!

Billed as the “Last Lockup,” Saturday’s event was the final Jail and Bail for the March of Dimes in Port Huron as officials have decided that the promotion has simply run its course.

WPHM-AM air personality Paul Miller; broadcasting live from "jail."
WPHM-AM air personality Paul Miller; broadcasting live from “jail.”

Over the years, countless area residents, celebrities and others have spent time “behind bars” to raise money.   The event was started in 1956 at the suggestion of Port Huron radio personality Lee Van Dam when WPHM was known as WTTH.

This past Saturday, in addition to the mock arraignments and bail settings, the station did a day long broadcast from the Masonic Temple Hall in Port Huron that included a line-up of local entertainment.  The event was also televised on local cable.

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