Halloween events to take place this Saturday

By NORA MABERRY-DANIELS
nmaberry@news-gazette.com

The annual Halloween Fundraiser for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital has a new location this year. Now, the event will be held in downtown St. Joseph on Oct. 21.
“We had interest from business to have it downtown and I think it’s a better location that people will see it and attend,” said event chair Mary Derenne said.
Previously the event was held at the Derenne’s home and when it outgrew that location, the former Crestwood Park.
In 2014, Derenne collected money to benefit the Plotner family of St. Joseph. In the following years the event has benefitted the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where Murelle Plotner was a patient while battling myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood cancer.
“After we did it for them, we said we would do it for the hospital they went to,” Derenne said. “People were very receptive to that. I did not realize how many families have (gone) to the children’s hospital in St. Louis.”
Derenne has asked local businesses to sponsor the fundraiser and said she was touched by the outpouring of support.
The event will include Halloween decorations, inflatables, kids games a silent auction, vendors and food trucks.
“It’s a good cause and it helps families when they are at the hospital,” Derenne said.
“No one plans for this to happen and it can be draining cost wise to be there for days, weeks or even a month.
Last year the money raised was used to pay a family’s expenses while their child was in the hospital.
“Ronald McDonald House doesn’t always have room for everyone,” she said.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Every penny raised goes directly to Children’s Hospital of St. Louis,”  Derenne  said. “We don’t use any of it to benefit ourselves and the sponsors money goes towards the cost of the event.”
And in Ogden.....
Halloween is coming early to Ogden.  The annual Harvest Festival will be held Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at Prairieview-Ogden South.
Chairperson Sue Esposito said a halloween festival has taken place in Ogden for the past 80 years.
Originally run by the Ogden Women’s Club, all sorts of groups have chaired the event in the past including the Ogden-Royal Fire Department, Prairieview-Ogden Grade School and now the village, Esposito said.
‘I have been volunteering at the festival in one way or another for almost 25 years, she said. “I remember being a little kid and having the costume party at the grade school,”
The event will have kids games as well as a costume contest.  There will be categories for infants to two years, three to four years, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade and seventh grade to adult. Judging begins at 6 p.m. Masked or costumed people enter for free. Non costumed people can enter for 25 cents.
Esposito said the event is good for families to attend together.
“I absolutely love the Harvest Festival,” she said. “It is my most favorite activity that we do in town. By attending your supporting your community and your school because all proceeds go to the PVO PTO.”
Esposito is currently looking for people to donate cakes for the cake walk.
“The cakewalk is the main money maker of the night period for 25 cents you get a chance to win a cake,” she said. “The more cakes we have the more money for the school. If anyone would like to donate a cake to the cake, that would be so helpful.”
If you would be willing to bring a baked good for the cake walk, please contact the Village Office at 582-2520 or email sesposit@illinois.edu
She is also looking for volunteers to run the kids games.
“If you would be willing to run a game please call the Village office and let us know you will be there,” she said. “That way we can either set up more games or if we don’t have enough volunteers take games away.”

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JamesFoster wrote on October 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

It is very good thinking by the rushessays NGO organization to use this Halloween party for raising fund for the children hospital for the kids who are suffering from sever diseases. This fund can give those children good hope and help them to recover from the disease they are suffering from.

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