Scary thought: This could be last year for Terror in Paradise
It’s called Terror in Paradise and it’s guaranteed to scare the yell out of you. However, if more people don’t come forward to volunteer both financial and hands-on help, this may be the last year for the popular haunted house that gives its proceeds back to the community.
This year the event is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 through Oct. 31, Halloween Night, at the Tahoe Paradise Park, 1101 E. San Bernardino in Meyers. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds will go to Christmas Cheer and Tahoe Paradise Park. Parental guidance is strongly suggested.
“Once again we find ourselves in need of your help. If we don’t find sponsors or more volunteers this could be our last year,” said Dean Baumflek, event director. “We are in desperate need of community support. It’s a shame that after seven years we find ourselves without any more help from the community than when we started.”
Clay Cunningham and Baumflek spearheaded this project and they have depleted all their resources. They have devoted literally thousands of hours on the community project, sometimes taking even three weeks of unpaid vacation. They also have donated thousands of dollars from their own pockets to make this not only happen, but to make this one of the best attractions in the area.
“We put on a professional show and are very proud of our accomplishments,” Baumflek said. “Besides money we also need help. It takes 30 people just to build and run this event. Every year we lose more and more volunteers. People move away or are just disillusioned by the lack of community support. All we ask of people is to donate a few hours of their time. We need people for every aspect of the operation. Not just carpenters and actors, but people who are willing to hang a few flyers.”
Organizers of Tahoe in Paradise do get some support from the community. Check to Check has gone out of its way to be one of the biggest supporters, and businesses like Lira’s Market and Longs Drugs have given generously every year.
“This was meant to be something that the entire community would look forward to each year. Something that not only raises money for youth, but also gives them something to do on Halloween. Where else do the kids go? And more importantly, where will they go if we are forced to give up?,” Baumflek said.
“We don’t only do this for the charities, we do this because we live in Tahoe and want to give something back. We do this so we can look back and say that we weren’t takers, we were givers.”
For more information and to volunteer call Baumflek or Cunningham at (530) 541-6256.
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