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Sanctuary Hosts Halloween Fundraising Event

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has a busy few days ahead of them, with a pair of Halloween events taking place tomorrow and Saturday.

The Halloween festivities kick off tomorrow at 5 P.M. at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, where kids of all ages will be able to enjoy various activities.

Home Depot will be hosting a sailboat crafting workshop, and there will be plenty of Halloween games, an underwater black art exhibit, photo booth, and of course the haunted house.

But the fun certainly doesn’t stop there, Saturday night at 6 P.M. the Sanctuary will be hosting their first ever Halloween Fundraising Party.

“New this year, on Saturday, we’re having a Sanctuary Halloween party. It’s going to be from 6 o’clock until 9 o’clock P.M. 20 bucks to get in; you get a commemorative logo pint or wine glass of your choosing. It’s going to have a cash bar, DJ, dancing, costume contest at 8:30, the haunted house is going to be rockin’ and rollin’, 21 and over, Austin Brothers on Draft. It’s going to be a great night.”

All proceeds from the party will go towards supporting Sanctuary education and outreach programs.

Phil Hartmeyer believes that hosting events such as this can help introduce even more area residence to the sanctuary.

“Halloween is a great weekend to show off what we do. As the summer season kind of winds down we’ve got just a little bit more time to organize the events, and envelop more community members. We’ve got 63 volunteers that are helping us out, putting this thing together. Engaging volunteers, building community rapport, and being able to offer an event that’s unlike anything else in Northeast Michigan. So it’s a really special time for us, and a great way to kick off the fall season and get into the Halloween Spirit.”

Tickets for Saturday night can be purchased at the door, or by visiting the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Facebook page.