Housing Outlet raises money for Ronald McDonald House

— Plattsburgh Housing Outlet scares up its volunteers each year to provide children with a safe venue for trick-or-treating.

It also uses the annual event to raise money for Burlington’s Ronald McDonald House, especially since the majority of families who stay at the house are from the New York side of Lake Champlain.

This year’s Halloween Festival had the biggest turnout yet and raised the most money so far to help families in need.

“It is a fun community event where children can trick-or-treat in a controlled environment and families can learn valuable safety lessons,” said Michelle LaBounty, Marketing Director for Plattsburgh Housing Outlet.

The Halloween Festival collected $5,300 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Burlington, VT, for a lifetime total donation of $47,214.

A record 800 children and their families enjoyed the festivities with participants bringing in $1 donations to trick-or-treat in Plattsburgh Housing Outlet’s display homes. The homes were staffed and sponsored by area businesses and organizations.

Many of the businesses decorated the porch of their homes and dressed in costume.

Children participated in arts and crafts and enjoyed cider and Munchkins. Children also enjoyed a magic show at Della Honda.

A raffle and games further helped raise additional funds for the Ronald McDonald House.

The proceeds were presented to Pam Fenimore, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Vermont to continue to support families in need.

Rouhgly 70 percent of the families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington are from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

“I am humbled by the generous donations of our business and community partners despite the economy,” LaBounty said. “It is hard to believe we have been doing this for 13 years. My younger son was an infant when we started all of this.”

Photos from the event are available on Plattsburgh Housing Outlet’s Facebook page.

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