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Halloween event scares up funds for family of late Pa. corrections officer

November 20, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- "Terror Behind Bars" at the former Franklin County Prison scared more than 5,000 people this Halloween season while at the same time raising thousands of dollars for the family of a corrections officer killed last year in a car crash.

On Thursday, volunteers from the new Franklin County Jail and others who helped stage the event presented a check for $15,000 to Wally Reed, whose daughter, Stacey Reed, was killed in a crash on the way home from work in November 2007.

"I'd like to thank everyone who put forth the effort" to raise the money, Reed said during the presentation in the County Commissioners office. That will be combined with more than $5,000 already raised by officers and employees at the jail to establish a trust fund for Reed's three children, corrections officer Bob Fink said.

Waynesboro, Pa., attorney Eric Weisbrod donated his services to set up the trust, said Michelle Davis, another jail employee who helped get the project started back in June.

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Fink also presented a $10,000 check to Jamie Kasarda, executive director of the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter. That money will go toward the relocation of the shelter from Country Road outside Chambersburg to a property being donated by the Chambersburg Area School District that once was part of Letterkenny Army Depot.

The inmates moved into the new jail more than a year ago, but this fall the zombies moved in, with 50 to 70 volunteers each night scaring the wits out of people who paid for the privilege.

"Michelle and I actually used our own credits cards to get this thing started," Fink said.

Bart Raifsnider of Community Underground Inc. and Mike Penn of Creepy Cadavers also were instrumental, along with Ken and Kyla McCommons of Spooks 'R Us, lending their haunted house expertise to the project, according to organizers. Planning began in June and the production ran for five weekends.

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