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Picken’s Ferst “criminal” realizes the error of his ways (Courtesy Pickens Ferst)

Bob’s journey to justice: the error of his ways

Bob Mackey’s “life of crime” is finally coming to an end. Not that his golf game is improving, but Mackey has admitted the error of his ways and is returning to face Judge Jeff Downing on April 24 with a dozen or so other “criminals.” Some friends have been collecting bail money to donate to the Pickens FERST Foundation for Childhood Literacy to help him avoid incarceration for his crime of “incredibly bad golf,” but going on the lam has complicated his situation.

Judge Jeff is understandably upset and Mackey’s fine is sure to be large. When Mackey volunteered to be a Pickens Ferst Foundation’s detainee for its annual Jail ‘n Bail event, he believed his friends would come to his aid. In response to Bob’s plea, “Won’t you please help me to stand before the FERST “Judge” Jeff Downing and announce that my friends and family have bailed me out,” some sent a donation with a good luck note, a few donated to keep him in jail, still others sent personal notes with their donations like these:

So, Bob, are there specific days of the week when you are allowed visitors? Also, what are the times for those visitations? I will bring cigars…IF…you are allowed to have one…on a day I might be able to make time around my extremely busy schedule….

What kind of bird don’t fly?? A Jailbird!!

We are happy to donate toward your bail because men who look like you just don’t do well in jail!!

That’s a pretty damn ugly picture of you in the promotion. Maybe you should stay in jail until you can do something about that.

One donor sent Monopoly “Community Chest” and “Get out of Jail Free” cards with a note that if they didn’t work to “use the attached bail check.”

Bob sent a message to all those who have contributed to Pickens Ferst and those who are thinking about contributing: “Thank you! Come on down to the Historic Old Jail in downtown Jasper on April 24 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to see the fun when I face Judge Jeff Downing!”

Individuals or groups who contribute $180 to cover the cost of one child’s books for five years will be recognized as Platinum Donors, $36 will send one child books for a year. All contributions, however, add up. Tax deductible donations can be placed in Bob’s alpha box or given to him.

Pickens FERST prepares pre-school children for reading and learning success in school by promoting early reading and parent/family involvement. Since the program’s inception, Pickens FERST has mailed over 100,000 books to program participants. Over 70% of all Pickens County children under five participate in the program. Every month children from birth to five years of age are mailed an age-appropriate book with literacy support materials for the parent free of charge. All children under the age of five in Pickens County and all of Big Canoe are eligible to register regardless of income.Pickens Ferst is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit public foundation that is listed as a four-star charity on www.charitynavigator.org.

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