Haunted Houses, Scary Charity
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Fox Valley-- Getting your "scare-fix" is an October tradition but there is more than meets the eyes at these "houses of horrors." What a lot of us may not realize, is nearly all of these haunted attractions are either raising money for local charities or giving back to the community in other ways.
"Green Bay Fear" is run by the Beja Shriners, who help pay hospital bills for children. "This is what we call a fraternal fundraiser. All the money stays local and it helps us pay our bills and do the things we do so that when we go out and raise money for the hospitals, that's where it goes," said Shriners president David Oshefsky. A seventeen-night fright-fest will raise more than thirty-thousand dollars. "This fundraiser is second only to our circus and has become a large part of our budget," Oshefsky added.
Matt Mars owns "Burial Chambers" in Neenah. His haunted house not only runs a canned food drive, he also pays the help. "One of the benefits is we can help to grow the employee, make them better people, make them work better." Most will leave with a reference, helping them land their next job. There are many ways these houses of the undead are looking out, for the living.