Haunted house a huge success

Because of the generosity of our community, Garden City Noon Lions Club haunted house, "The Dark Side of Gardenâö" was a smashing success. This project raised $9,000 for the Finney County Preservation Alliance. I would like to express my gratitude to more than 50 volunteers who worked so many hours in making this project a reality, and providing so much entertainment to well over 1,000 people who enjoyed being scared on their trip through the haunted house. The set design, decorations and costumes were all wonderful, but were greatly enhanced by our "actors" and "spooks." Frightening people, as it turns out, can be a dangerous idea, as several of our actors were hit, gouged, trampled and pushed by adrenalin-pumped people. They took it in stride and kept the excitement going.

Special thanks go to the Garden City Police Department volunteers for providing security, and the Garden City SWAT team members who enjoyed talking with people, showing off their equipment and interacting with our community. We also are grateful to Sinfully Sweet Bakery and Little Caesars Pizza for keeping all of our volunteers fed during our five-night show. Our set construction and design would not have been possible without the help of Probuild, Lee Construction, Westlake Hardware and FOLRZ for loaning us badly needed items. Also, Herb's Carryout and Traditions were kind enough to sell advance tickets for us. Thank you all.

None of this would have been possible without the generous donation of the building and utilities which Kathy Koster was kind enough to provide. I know that the Lions Club and the Preservation Alliance greatly appreciate her generosity.

Finally, I would personally like to thank all of the people of southwest Kansas who bought tickets to our show. We hope you had a wonderful time.

KEITH COLLINS,

Garden City

Collins is president of the Garden City Noon Lions Club.