Halloween tailgating party funds a good cause

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On Monday, Halloween night, students looking for something to do but have nothing in mind should take their costumes, empty candy baskets and stomachs to the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex where a tailgating party will be starting at 6:00 p.m. in support of a developing good cause.

Free food and rally tickets will be given away, and games will be played inside. These games include baseball, softball and golf cages, hand cycle races, flag football, soccer and volleyball. The event costs $7 for Missouri Western students, $12 for adults and $7 for children.  The event is sponsored by Western’s Office of Disability Services in association with the St. Joseph Parks and Recreation Department and the Adventure League for Adaptive Sports.

“It was just an idea to have this fundraiser,” Adventure League Events Coordinator Stan Weston said. “We decided to try it and see how it does. We are hoping people come out for the food and good weather.”

Prizes will be given to the best Halloween and Chief costumes of the evening. These prizes include gift certificates to restaurants as well as many other door prizes. Rallies and an auction will be held to give away iPad 2, a Kindle Keyboard, an iPod Nano and several other items. The Halloween party event stands as one of the many fundraisers to gain donations and support for a unique project. This project is an all-inclusive tree house, accessible to everyone, no matter what disabilities people have.

“It’s going to be a tree house for everybody: for people who are visually impaired and people with disabilities,” Weston said. “It will also be wheelchair accessible.”

This tree house is will be the first all-inclusive, fully accessible tree house in St. Joseph and one of the few in the state of Missouri as well. Michael Ritter, coordinator of Disability Services, feels that students should not only come out to the party to have a good Halloween night, but also to support a good cause.

“If you’re personally are involved with someone with disabilities, you find out that they want to do everything that everyone else wants to do,” Ritter said. “With this project they will be able to go in the tree house and do the same thing as everyone else. We want anybody that wants to use it to be able to use it.”

For more information on The Adventure League and the event visit http://www.stjoechannel.biz/event_details/Adventure_League_Chiefs_Tailgate_Halloween_Party_/131531.html or contact Michael Ritter at mritter@missouriwestern.edu. To view other items being auctioned go to http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/BiddingForGood.action.

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