‘Howl’ to benefit Easter Seals

The Little Rascals slo-pitch team is planning a “Halloween Howl” next Friday at the Red Dog Inn but the proceeds won’t be going to the team–they will be going to the local Easter Seals Society.
“It’s staying right here,” assured organizer Joanne Davis, who said they were hoping to sell 250 tickets. “We’re going to donate it to the Kiwanis.
She also noted if they generate $2,000 in liquor sales, the Red Dog will donate the use of the ballroom.
Tickets, which cost $8, can be purchased at tagg’s Source for Sports, Masquerade Costume Rentals, and The 364 Store. Davis noted a ticket also will give you a $5 discount for a costume from Masquerade.
Those in costume will be “trick-or-treating” for the $100 top prize. But everyone in attendance will have a chance to win a fly-in fishing trip for four at one of the Northern Wilderness Outfitters outpost camps, donated by Victor Davis Sr.
“It’s more fun when people come dressed up,” Joanne Davis enthused, noting she was hoping the fact that Halloween falls on a Friday night this year would be a drawing card.
Davis first became involved with the Easter Seals Society when she and her husband, Vic, were told their daughter, Maggie, now two, had cerebral palsy.
“People don’t realize what Easter Seals does,” Davis noted, admitted she was in the same boat until after Maggie was born. “They’ve helped us out a lot. They’ve lent us a lot of things.”
She’s hoping the “Halloween Howl” will help give back a little of what they’ve received, and increase people’s awareness on what the Easter Seals Society is all about.
When a child has a disability, Davis noted parents have the regular expenses–such as food and clothing–along with all the extra ones.
“They’re not inexpensive things, either,” she stressed, with equipment requirements often carrying a hefty price tag.
In Rainy River District, 28 children on the Easter Seals Society caseload–with about $10,000 spent last year on equipment purchases, travel assistance, and summer camps.
“The Kiwanis Club is a partner with Easter Seals. We raise money and administrate it locally,” explained Ken Allan, Kiwanis vice-president and chairman of its children’s assistance program.
The club raised $14,000 for the cause last year.
The Easter Seals Society is dedicated to helping children with physical disabilities achieve their full potential, and future independence.