FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2011
CONTACT: Kelley Criscoe
10/31 Consortium Partners with Big Buddy Program, Announces Costume Drive & Scavenger Hunt
Baton Rouge, LA - 10/31 Consortium, a local non-profit that is planning Baton Rouge’s only Halloween Parade, has partnered with the Big Buddy Program in support of a costume drive for the children who participate in the program. Additionally, children who receive these costumes will march in the 2011 Halloween Parade at no cost.
“Big Buddy is so excited to have been chosen as the recipient of these costumes. Many children do not participate because they do not have a costume. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of these children” stated Gaylynne Mack, Executive Director of the Big Buddy Program.
“Our goal is to collect 100 new or gently used costumes for the children of the Big Buddy Program” stated John Deshotel, Jr., 10/31 Consortium’s Community Outreach Chair. “ We believe that every child should have the opportunity to explore imaginary worlds and be something spectacular, even if only for one day. We are proud to be a positive source of creativity for these deserving children” he concluded.
The kickoff event for the costume drive is the Shiver Me Timbers Scavenger Hunt, which is another event planned by the Halloween enthusiasts of 10/31 Consortium.
Registration for the Shiver Me Timbers Scavenger Hunt is from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at Gerry Lane Chevrolet, located at 6505 Florida Boulevard. Participants are encouraged to wear pirate attire for this photo scavenger hunt and costume contest, which was planned in honor of National Talk Like A Pirate Day.
“Pirates will have to decipher clues to discover specific locations all over Baton Rouge. Then, they have to take their picture at the location, dressed as a pirate, and upload it to our Facebook page to earn points. The pirate team with the most points wins” explained Jessica Edwards, the event planner. Edwards is also the 10/31 Consortium Fundraising Chair. “We are looking forward to seeing pirates overrun Baton Rouge!” said Edwards as she laughed.
The scavenger hunt ends at 8 p.m. at which time all teams of 4 or less are to check in at The Cove, a pirate-themed pub located at 2561 Citiplace Court, to be eligible for the prize. The winners will be announced at 9 p.m. and a cocktail social will follow with a cash bar.
The registration cost is $5 for 10/31 Consortium Members or $10 for non-members. However, attendees who donate a new or gently used costume to the drive will participate in the scavenger hunt at no charge. Attendees also must bring a non-perishable food item for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to registration in order to be placed in the door prize drawing.
10/31 Consortium’s annual proceeds are given to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.
For more information on 10/31 Consortium and the Shiver Me Timbers Scavenger Hunt, visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BRHalloweenParade.
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