ASHVILLE - Do you Love Halloween? Would like to create your own haunted house for a chance to win $1,000 while helping a great cause?
The Children's Safety Village is hosting its third annual Town of Terror fundraiser and has a great challenge for community members. If your team or non-for-profit organization is looking for a fun way to earn money, don't miss out on this opportunity.
The challenge is to form a team and use creativity to decorate the most terrifying, haunted building in the village. All guests who come through the haunted village will vote on their favorite, most terrifying building at the end of their tour. The team with the most votes at the end of the contest wins $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place, which may be kept or donated to their favorite charity. Those participating can encourage co-workers, family and friends to come and vote for their building.
"The Town of Terror gets scarier and scarier each year," said Terri Kindberg, executive director of the Safety Village. "We assure guests will receive a spine-tingling tour through our haunted village where they will hear dark, eerie, screams of terror coming from somewhere unknown. We want the community to take part in this fun event and are looking for those die hard Halloween fans to take part in our contest."
Town of Terror will be held on Friday and Saturday nights Oct. 10 to 25 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and is intended for teenagers and adults who love a good scare. It is not recommended for those under 12 or for the faint of heart.
"This event is also a great way for high school students to receive community service hours" Kindberg said. "Students who have been apart in previous years have come back the next year because they've had such a great experience. It is a mutual benefit and we really appreciate their help."
Go to www.childrenssafetyvillage.com to review the contest rules and to apply. Buildings are chosen on a first come, first serve basis and space is limited. Building sizes are 16-by-18 feet or 12-by-24 feet.
Applications need to be received by Safety Village no later than Sept. 3, but it is suggested you apply ASAP as there are a limited number of buildings. Applications will then be reviewed and applicants will be asked to present their ideas on the evening of Sept. 8.
The Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village is located in Ashville. It is a not-for-profit organization which was formed in 1996.
The DFT Communications Educational Facility, where classes are held, is surrounded by a child-sized village, complete with a business district, paved roads, street signs, sidewalks and everything one would find in an actual village. Over 12,000 children have received hands on safety training since opening in 2010. The training children receive may one day save their life. The Safety Village is sustained through fundraising efforts, grants and donations from the community. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Terri Kindberg, Executive Director, at 2695 Route 394 Ashville, NY 14710, firstname.lastname@example.org, 499-8138.