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Frightmares hopes to scare up blood donations, cash for charitable causes

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Linton Haunted House will attempt to scare up some donations -- blood, money and interest -- for a few good causes this Halloween season.

Frightmares Haunted House, held at 688 A St. NW, "in the same suite complex as Inman Motors, across the highway from Pizza Villa," per organizer Kegan Inman, will expand its charity efforts in its second season.

The haunted house runs from 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday during October, as well as Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Last year, the charity effort raised around $3,000 for the Greene County Humane Society. Inman hopes to double attendance and donations for the humane society this year.

Now, Inman and his business partner Cristy Phipps want to broaden the scope of their charity efforts.

Specifically, the haunted house will host a benefit for breast cancer research, slating a portion of its ticket sales for that cause, on Saturday.

"We're calling it 'Scaring Up Breast Cancer Awareness'," Inman said, adding he and his fellow organizers wanted to expand their community service efforts

The following Saturday, Sept. 20, Frightmares will offer a reduced admission price for those who donate blood that same evening.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for kids under 11.

During Saturday's effort, $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to the Susan G. Kolman Race for the Cure, a cancer-fighting benefit, Inman said.

Also Saturday, several gift baskets will be raffled off to attendees, with proceeds going toward cancer research, treatment and prevention, said Phipps.

Phipps became interested in utilizing Frightmares as a means to expand breast cancer awareness after an acquaintance, Whitney Snapp, battled cancer, she said.

"I think it will draw in different crowds than we usually get, because it is for a different reason," benefiting the Race for the Cure. "Whitney Snapp will be here handing out flyers. She's just a friend, but a couple of the people involved here at the Haunt know her very well and asked me if we'd do it."

Inman said pink ribbons -- often used as a symbol of breast cancer awareness -- stickers, and information tables will be available at the event, too.

A second event aimed at raising awareness and blood supplies will take place one weekend later.

On Oct. 20, the Indiana Blood Center will have its Bloodmobile present at the event from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., seeking blood and plasma donors.

Those who donate will receive a $2 discount for each ticket. Phipps said given the scariness of the season and the spookshow, some IBC workers may even dress accordingly.

"Actually, when I called them up, I asked one of the ladies who works for the blood center if she was interested in dressing up like a vampire," Phipps said. "We'll see how that goes."

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