by Andrew Crisp
Chances are, if you had the opportunity to lock up some local celebs, you might just throw away the key. But that wouldn't have done the community much good at the Celebrity Lock Up on Friday, Jan. 13. The event helped bring in 1,300 food items—and multiple cash donations for the Idaho Foodbank—totaling 2,700 pounds of food for hungry Treasure Valley stomachs.
With the tagline, "Make Hunger History," the event was heavily promoted on Twitter, local radio and news. The idea was simple: bring food or donations to the Old Idaho Penitentiary and spring your favorite Boise luminary from the clink. Celebs included Ryan Peck, Boise Rock School co-founder, Anna Webb from the Idaho Statesman, and musician Nate Fowler.
"Mom, Dad, help!" Fowler called to his parents as they walked into the maximum security building. His mother responded with nothing more than, "We brought a camera!"
Within minutes of locking up the celebs (including a hilarious attempt at corralling Blue, the mascot for the Idaho Steelheads), a clear winner emerged. Drawing on his radio show's following, Rick Moorten from Wild 101 was the victor of the Warden's Cup, with a barrel overflowing with food within minutes of lockdown.