Local folks go to the Hoosegow (the Old Idaho Pen) for a good cause

Local Celebrities “Locked Up” at Old Idaho Pen

Donations will help Escape Hunger and Fueling Field Trips

BOISE, Idaho – (January 3, 2013) – The Idaho State Historical Society wants your help to Make Hunger History and help Idaho students. The Old Idaho Penitentiary will be incarcerating local celebrities on Friday, January 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for “Escaping Hunger, Fueling Field Trips”. All proceeds will go towards both the Idaho Foodbank and a scholarship fund for Idaho schools’ field trips to the Idaho State Historical Museum or the Old Idaho Penitentiary.

The celebrity inmates will be locked behind bars between 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and will not be “paroled” until the time expires. The inmate with the most donations in their name will win the Warden’s Cup and have bragging rights for the whole year.

Some of the participating celebrities include:

  • Tim Johnstone, radio personality
  • Catherine Merrick (Belle), musician
  • Marie Cuff, paranormal expert
  • Stephanie Coyle, radio personality
  • Julia Green, artist
  • Jessica Holmes, Story Story Night
  • Anna Webb, Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman
  • Boise Rock School

Visitor Services Coordinator Amber Beirele says that Escaping Hunger is a unique type of food drive event. “When the holidays are over and the food bank shelves are nearly empty, we want to help re-stock those shelves. We couldn’t think of any better way to have a food drive at a prison than putting local celebrities behind bars.”

Admission to Escaping Hunger, Fueling Field Trips is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for kids ages 12 and under. The Friends of the Historical Museum is sponsoring the event and will be distributing the food and cash donations to the Idaho Foodbank and the scholarship fund. Donations pledged in the name of a celebrity inmate will be counted towards their parole goal. Drawings will be held throughout the event for prize giveaways.

The Idaho State Historical Society’s Make Hunger History program seeks not only to promote and preserve Idaho history, but also to assist struggling Idaho families and schools in the present. The Idaho Foodbank can stretch every $1 donation into 3.89 pounds of food, the equivalent of three nutritious meals for an Idaho child. The Friends of the Historical Museum will provide field trip money to cash-strapped schools, allowing kids to learn about Idaho’s rich cultural past with hands-on activities and lasting memories established by on-site education and exploration.

During the entire month of January, the Old Idaho Penitentiary and Idaho State Historical Museum are providing half-priced admission to any visitor who brings two canned food or non-perishable food items for the Idaho Foodbank.

For more information about “Escaping Hunger, Fueling Field Trips” or “Make Hunger History”, call the Old Idaho Penitentiary at 208-334-2844 or the Idaho Historical Museum at 208-334-2120.


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