It was like an Alaskan sourdough miner hitting the mother-load when it came to treats for the youngsters that turned out on Halloween Sunday for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula's annual Trunk or Treat event held in Kenai. Despite an icy wind, thousands of costume-clad children of all ages lined up trunk to trunk as local businesses, groups, organizations, and politicians handed out sweet treats at the event's Frontage Ave. location. Inside the old Kenai Elementary School building, which is now home of the Boys & Girls Club, a capacity crowd played traditional games, won prizes and showed off their costumes. "It was howling Halloween weather that's for sure," said Chairman of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula - Peter Micciche. "The reason we put this together about six years ago was to give kids a safe place to trick or treat. But you see a lot of grown ups here today in great costumes having fun with all the kids," he said.
The next community event coming up for the Boys & Girls Clubs is the 23rd annual fund raiser auction and dinner that is scheduled for Saturday, November 13th. "It'll be again this year at the old Carr's Mall in Kenai and tickets are now available for $35.00 each or a table that seats 8 for $400 and a few executive tables are still available for $1,000 a table and we hope will join us for the event. We'll also have a silent auction and lots of prize opportunities as we have fun, while raising the funds it takes to run our Boys & Girls Clubs across the Peni nsula throughout the year," said Tim Redder, Wells Fargo assistant vice president and member of the Boys & Girls Club board of directors.
The annual event provides program funding for an organization currently challenged by the difficult economy. "In order for the Boys & Girls Club on the Kenai to continue delivering a safe, positive place for kids that includes sports, after-school academics and youth mentoring activities, we respectfully request the continued support of all our valued donors. As federal funding continues to decline, our annual auction is more important now than ever before. This year's theme is Retro Prom and we encourage folks to once again go into their closets to see what they can find from the 70's & 80's era and dress accordingly for a real good time," added Redder. Tickets for the event are available at any of the Boys & Girls Clubs locations, from board members, or by calling Tim Redder at 283-7581 ext 26. For more information about activities of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula log on to www.positiveplaceforkids.com.
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