Halloween extravaganza planned by March of Dimes

Posted By | October 3, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Boys and girls of all ages are preparing for the “scariest” day of the year, as they decide which Halloween costume will become his or her signature design for a night filled with excitement. However, parents will not have to worry about their children walking around the neighborhood after dark, because the entire family can come to the Spooktacular Stroll beginning at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 31, 2003, at the Agricultural Complex.
The March of Dimes is sponsoring a safe alternative to the regular old-fashioned Halloween traditions with a special event filled with food, games and prizes. The official kick-off for the Spooktacular Stroll was Tuesday at U.S. Bank, Highway 111 branch. Penny Brock, branch manager, and her husband, Bobby Brock, DCI Transportation CEO, are serving as co-chairpersons for the 2003 March of Dimes fundraiser. Penny and Bobby hosted a luncheon for businesses that are interested in sponsoring the event.
Cindy Hackler, March of Dimes community director, explained to representatives who attended the kick-off about the upcoming Halloween celebration and how their individual organizations could participate in the event. Booths will be set up by each sponsor, which will provide trick-or-treat candy and games for the children.
Corporate sponsors will be provided with a booth. However, anyone else interested in participating in the event can purchase booth space for $50. Because the event is an annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes, a 10 percent donation of gross receipts from each booth would be appreciated, but is not required.
The Spooktacular Stroll will have activities and contests for all ages, including best costume. Parents are encouraged to attend the Halloween extravaganza with their children and participate in the numerous activities. There will also be a pumpkin-carving contest, and judges will decide which artistic creation will take home the blue ribbon. However, the entries must already be carved before bringing them to the Spooktacular Stroll.
Another attraction for the stroll will be the ultimate in culinary expertise. A cake-decorating contest will be open to anyone of any age. Even parents can use their talents in the kitchen to produce a masterpiece of Halloween artwork. Judges will then decide which cake epitomizes the true “spooktacular” theme.
A silent auction will be conducted for a few specially selected items.
However, the highlight of the night will be the live auction for a car donated by Edd Rogers Chevrolet.
Approximately 350 people attended last year’s Spooktacular Stroll, and Hackler is expecting a larger attendance this year. “March of Dimes needs the community’s support in the battle against premature births,” said Hackler. “That is why fundraisers like the Spooktacular Stroll are so important in helping fund research and education.”
The Spooktacular Stroll will help the March of Dimes fund:
– Research into causes and prevention for prematurity and genetic birth defects
– Education to help women have healthy pregnancies and recognize the signs of preterm labor
– Assistance for health care providers in better identifying women at risk for premature birth
– Help for pregnant women with questions and concerns through the March of Dimes Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center
For more information about the Spooktacular Stroll call Penny Brock, 738-9500, or Bobby Brock, 738-9400

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