The Haunted High School held over the weekend was a resounding success, raising funds to benefit the center and gaining new teens and volunteers to boot.
Ever since the center first opened its doors in January, it’s been a safe, fun place for local teenagers to call their own. The center has seen a steady increase in the number of teenagers coming through its doors, and is operated by a cadre of dedicated volunteers.
It was these volunteers and teens -- who comprise the center's Teen Council -- that helped turn the center into Haunted High School to give the community something fun to do over the weekend.
Philip and Patty Mendisco provided their creativity and construction skills for the haunted house. Along with other adult volunteers, they mentored teens through the process of building the sets and preparing for three big nights of production said Jamie Myers, who helped organize the event.
“The teens have learned much and are excited to be a part of helping their teen center grow, gain publicity and make much needed money,” Myers said. “Adult volunteers and teens alike have been in the haunted house production all 3 nights."
The Teen Center sold over 100 passes on the first night, which was Friday. Participants paid $1 per person or a $5 per family max.
Saturday night was dubbed “Family Night” and the center sold 210 passes for the haunted house. Several businesses participated during the event (held Friday through Sunday) including: , , The Kiwanis Club of Dixon, & Operation Christmas Child, , Amy Proctor, hair stylist from ,
In addition, of Dixon, and donated special prizes to add to the fun. , , Richland Management and CPF provided additional donations and operating costs.
“We were surprised by the number of children who went through the haunted house portion with their parents,” Myers said.
Everyone at the Dixon Teen Center is grateful to all businesses and individuals who came out to support the fundraiser and hopes to make this an annual tradition.