Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Putting on a show for Poe

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


CMH’s haunted house starts this weekend


WAUKESHA — Starting this weekend, the former convent and mental institution on Catholic Memorial High School’s property will be downright spook-tacular as the school’s annual haunted house fires up for the season — this time with an Edgar Allan Poe theme.


Organizer Mary McNulty said the haunted house is open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, with a “family-friendly” hour on Saturday and Nov. 1.


Admission is $7 and it’s appropriate for ages 11 and older.


Proceeds from this year’s haunted house will benefit Fisher House Milwaukee, a private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need by offering shelter and support during a medical crisis. Located on the grounds of VA hospitals and other military medical centers, Fisher House facilities provide a comforting “home away from home” while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment, according to the Fisher House’s website.


Each year CMH students put together the haunted house, with proceeds always benefiting a veteran- related charity as an homage to the school’s 1949 founding as a memorial for 23 soldiers who died in World War II. To date, the haunted house has raised more than $60,000 for various charities including Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior Project, Hebron House and Vets Place Central. Last year, students were able to donate $13,000 in haunted house proceeds to the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight.


This year, the haunt dovetails
 with the community reading project Waukesha Reads’ theme of Poe’s tales.

— Sarah Pryor, Freeman Staff

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