The annual Halloween Charity Ball could be looked at as a big, fun costume party with a purpose.
This year’s event is Oct. 30, 8 p.m. at Tangiers on West Market Street, and the proceeds will benefit two local nonprofits: Life is Good No Matter What and the Empowering Scholars program, a project of Trinity United Church of Christ.
“Life is Good No Matter What is a nonprofit organization that is like Make-A-Wish, but for local adults with terminal cancer,” says Katie Greenwald, co-founder of the Halloween Charity Ball. “They provide some escapes for these adults so they can get a respite from their everyday lives and dealing with terminal illness.”
Empowering Scholars, she adds, provides school clothes and other items to students who are homeless or in foster homes.
“We’re not only learning about them, but we’re promoting awareness to the whole community,” says Getta Cornici, co-founder of the Halloween Charity Ball.
The event’s co-founders are already busy young professionals, but even with their full schedules, they’ve managed to raise over $200,000 over the last 10 years and more than 700 people attended last year’s event, says Cornici.
And the co-founders go beyond just handing over money; they often will volunteer with the organization throughout the year. For example, in the case of Life is Good No Matter What, “this year, we’re planning an escape for someone,” says Greenwald.
For more info and to get tickets, visit http://www.halloweencharityball.org/home. The group also accepts applications from local nonprofits year-round.