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Arresting attention for Down syndrome

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Pictured are participants and volunteers at the Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico’s first ever “jail and bail” fundraiser for World Down Syndrome Day at Classic’s Frozen Custard at 3009 N. Main St. on Thursday. Bethany Johnston, DSFSENM executive director, said the foundation’s mission is driven by the belief that all individuals with Down syndrome “have a valuable life to live with dreams and goals” and the foundation assists those individuals in achieving their dreams and goals by providing various resources. Johnston said the event is “all fun and games” and “no injuries or arrests” occurred — but rather community members set a bail fundraising goal that gets them out of jail while raising money for the foundation. Jerolyn Wagner, DSFSENM board vice president, said the event has received good feedback and the foundation is hoping to host it annually. For more information, contact the foundation at 575-622-1099 or visit dsfsenm.org. (Alison Penn Photo)