Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Islanders enjoy spooky Haunted House for Charity


On October 29th and 30th, island residents took part in the 2nd annual Haunted House at Wayo’s Beachside Beernet. Organized by Dee Regis, Brittney O’Daniel and Krista Lee, the event not only celebrated the festive Halloween spirit but also raised funds for a charitable organization. This year, proceeds of the Haunted House benefited the Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) Special Needs Program which aims to offer a quality education to island children living with a physical or mental disability. The event was a huge success with residents and visitors alike coming out to have fun, all while supporting a worthy cause.Wayos Haunted House for Charity (2)
For a fee of $1 for children and $5 for adults, attendees had the chance to enter the spooky house and be scared by monsters, ghouls and ghosts. Apart from the haunted house, organizers also held raffles with amazing prizes such as a $150 grocery certificate to Mermaid Superstore and a snorkel for two complimentary of Chuck and Robbie’s Dive Shop. Wayos Haunted House for Charity (3)Guests also took part in 50/50 raffles and even a costume contest. “Volunteers worked extremely hard to set up the spooky house, scare all those who attended and clean up after the event! In total, $1,362 was raised. All of this money will go towards guaranteeing a special needs child a scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year,” said Director of Special Education at ACES, Sarah Freudenberg.Wayos Haunted House for Charity (1)
ACES Special Needs program would like to thank the organizers of the event, as well as all those who sponsored the event: Wayo’s Beachside Beernet, Sandbar San Pedro, Palapa Bar and Grill, Nook Restaurant and Bartique, Carmen Arenal of Coco Loco’s Beach Bar and Lola’s Sports Bar for their support. Special thanks goes out to the volunteers who took the time to attend both nights: Lisa and Ronnie Cyrier, Heather Smith, Kaitlyn, Vic, Steve, Chris, Hayden, Joy, Charlie, Jake, Krista Burrows from Crazy Canucks, Toby, Brain and Axel from Captain Morgan’s, Lara Goldman from 12 Belize, Chef Jeff from Casa Picasso, ACES staff and Grant Guy. “Thank you to the public for being brave enough to enter the haunted house, your contributions and donations! Without you, our special needs children would not be able to receive the much needed scholarships,” says Freudenberg.Wayos Haunted House for Charity (4)
For those who were unable to attend the event but would like to make a donation, you can do so by visiting

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