Funding a community service project of any kind can be a daunting task. Every year since 2012 The Pernice Family has been putting together a community Halloween Event with ALL donations going to charity. The family has absorbed ALL costs which have included sets, props, lighting, audio, costumes and makeup and of course hours and hours of volunteer time to work the event. This year we are looking for help in funding the event. Our goal is to raise money to fund the event through personal donations and corporate sponsorship. We are also looking for volunteers this year to help with set building, acting, ticket sales and such.
People often asked what motivated us to help these charities. A few years ago our 11 month old cousin, Grant Gibbens, had been diagnosed with leukemia. No one should EVER have to suffer through cancer, but to watch a baby spending his first birthday in a hospital receiving chemo therapy, is the most gut wrenching experience we have ever known. We have posted for prayers on local websites like the Massapequa Moms, whose support and love through this time has been overwhelming. Both Jessica and John Gibbens, the baby's parents, are healthcare providers who have devoted their lives to helping others. We have seen what they are going through trying to keep their heads above water while medical bills pile up, and, at the same time being there for their baby. This renewed our faith in organizations like The Ronald McDonald House which are dedicated to helping families like Grant's have a place to stay during times of cancer treatments and offering support through those horrible times and pushed us harder to want to help. Years later we are proud to announce that Grant has been cancer free. (https://www.facebook.com/Grants-Road-to-Recovery-2126144780944508/
This year we are dedicating our charity haunt in the hopes of raising money for Melissa's Wish. Community events like ours help bring families together while spreading awareness about incredible programs such as this and helps to raise money to support them. With the Covid Pandemic lingering above all our heads we decided to do something a little different. Keeping people socially distanced we have put together a Haunted Scavenger Hunt through Long Island for families to stay safe and still be able to have a spooky good time. All proceeds will be going to the charity.
Please consider participating in "The Hunt", or maybe donating whatever you can to help make our event a successful one. Thank you for your time and have a safe and fun Halloween season.
Its times like this, where communities work together, that makes great things happen.