Halloween Fundraiser Looking for Talent

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The Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone is set for Halloween night and a fundraiser for the event has been set for Oct. 19 from 6-9 p.m. at Roma’s on Allen Street.

“In order for this to be a success we are in need of several things,” said Robin Vinci, co-founder of the event. “First, we need some people to volunteer to perform. Musicians, comedians, an ensemble, a DJ are needed to volunteer for the fundraiser. We are hoping to draw a large crowd and we want to promote local talent.”

The event is also looking for donations of raffle prizes.

“We make more money on raffle tickets then on the entrance fee,” Vinci added. “It is imperative businesses donate in order to make the fundraiser a success.”

To enter the fundraiser will be $20 or 4 large bags of candy.

The fundraiser includes pizza and entertainment. Roma specials for the event will be Dollar Drafts, $2 shots of Jameson & Fireballs, $4 Zombies and $4 Frankensteins.

The event on Halloween night, which features 7,000-8,000 people, costs about $10,000 to put on with most money going towards candy.

Gerry Amodio, downtown district chairman and event coordinator said, “the event has quickly become of one New Britain’s favorite events. It is the only opportunity for the community to give something for the elementary children to do safely. Everyone is on the bandwagon as the stores and volunteers come out for it. It is a grass roots event.”

About 70,000-80,000 pieces of candy given out on Halloween night at Central Park in Downtown New Britain. The safe zone runs from Washington Street to Bank Street, Main Street from Columbus Blvd to Chestnut Street. Streets are closed and police will be present.

Over 30 businesses hand out candy and a DJ fills the air with appropriate music.

A fire truck and other emergency equipment are on hand for children to view. The YWCA Dancers will perform “Thriller”.

Mayor Erin Stewart and The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department also present events in front of City Hall. Jaws Pawn Shop hands out balloons for the children.

There is no cost to those going to the Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone on Oct. 31. Children are asked to wear costumes and bags to hold candy are recommended.

Past sponsors have included Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin, The New Britain Bees, NB Police Union, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sgt. Dave Mocarsky & Lt. John Rodriquez, Jaws Pawn Shop, Ald. Willie Pabon, Ald. Danny Salerno, Ald. Don Naples, Ald. Jamie Giantonio, Mayor Erin E. Stewart, Maria Pietrantuono, an Anonymous Donor, Costco, Roma Bar and Grill, West Side Tavern, Pizza Pal, Catanzaro Meats, Avner Krohn and New Britain McDonald’s.

The New Britain EMS has donated $1,000 to this year’s event.

If you wish to donate, you can send checks to; Downtown/NBCJ Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone, c/o New Britain Down Town District, 66 West Main Street, New Britain, CT 06050. Candy donations are also appreciated.

For more information contact Vinci at 860-505-7612 or Amodio at 860-229-0878.

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