El Dorado County Teens Seek Donations for Haunted House
CAMERON PARK, CA - For several years teens have designed, built, and produced a haunted house to benefit local food banks, but this year things are off to a slow start.
“We are currently starting from scratch,” said Ryan Rose, 15, a Ponderosa High School Student and volunteer for Scare Away Hunger.
The Scare Away Hunger’s haunted house is held each year at 1855 Delfina Court in Cameron Park.
The past creators, who have worked on the house for seven years, headed off to college and have left the next generation of haunters in charge.
Rose is one of seven core leaders working hard to pull it all together before the end of the month.
“We are in need of donations right now,” he said. “We’ve been trying to find sponsors, and that’s where we are at right now.”
Halloween weekend the quiet court will be transformed into a haunted house complete with carnival games and food vendors.
The entire production is the “Scare Away Hunger” fundraiser that benefits the El Dorado County Food Bank.
In 2011 the group raised more than $3,500 in monetary donations and over 3,000 pounds of nonperishable foods for the Food Bank. Numbers for 2012 were not available as of press time.
The Scare Away Hunger crew currently needs funding for building supplies. The Scare Away Hunger Carnival and Haunted House to benefit El Dorado County’s most at risk children, seniors and families with emergency food assistance.
“The reason (we) choose to donate to the Food Bank of El Dorado County is because the number of people using food banks and food closest has increased tremendously in this recession,” said Kelly Meinz, who founded Scare Away Hunger with his brother Kevin. “We are thankful to our parents for being well taken care of, but we cannot ignore the fact that that are those that need our help and we want to pay this service forward to those who need the help.”
“The Scare Away Hunger Crew has proven their dedication to El Dorado County’s at risk population. For years they have put together this community event and the proceeds have gone to the Food Bank of El Dorado County,” Mike Sproull, founder of the Food Bank, has said.
Final dates have yet to be determined. The event is free, however, cash donations or canned goods are accepted.
The annual event is made possible through the generous donation of supplies and building materials from various community businesses.
For more information, visit Scare Away’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ScareAwayHunger.