Goodwill to host inaugural ‘Ghoulwill’ Halloween BallWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio will celebrate the Halloween season by scaring up a new Toledo tradition.
“The Ghoulwill Ball” will take place at the Heather Downs Country Club on Oct. 28 and will feature music, food, a casket raffle, a cash bar and other surprises. The inaugural theme will be “Resurrecting the ’20’s.”
“We wanted to come up with a signature event that happens every year that people look forward to,” Director of Development and Marketing Mark Harris said. “We wanted to have a ball that would be affordable to most everybody to come and have a really good time while benefiting Goodwill and helping put people to work.”
Goodwill serves 13 counties in Northwest Ohio. Their program selling clothing donations back to the public gives back 84 percent of proceeds to help the less fortunate in part by improve employment numbers.
“Unlike other organizations we don’t have tax levies and we don’t go to you,” Harris said. “We ask you to donate your used clothes. We sell those and use those funds from the stores to provide job training, job placement and create job streams to individuals with barriers to employment so that they don’t have to be on public assistance.”
The idea for the Ghoulwill Ball in Toledo began originally in Texas six years ago. The Goodwill in Austin designed the original Ghoulwill Ball, creating a Halloween celebration which would take place annually in a haunted hotel.
“It’s grown to be a huge social event within the community and that’s the kind of thing we want,” Harris said.
“When we have an event like this, you are really helping put people in Northwest Ohio to work and that’s what it’s all about.”
Although the Heather Downs Country Club is not a hotel, Harris said it was the exact type of facility they were looking for. The Club will also provide the food through its catering service, Catering by Scott.
“The whole place will be decked out to look like an old abandoned haunted mansion,” Harris said. “It’s just a beautiful, old type of building. “We thought ‘This is the feel. It looks like a mansion from the 1920s,’ which was when it was built.”
Harris has also suggested adding to the fun by recommending that the visitors can find their costumes at Goodwill.
“We encourage people to shop at their local Goodwill, put together the costumes with stuff they find there,” Harris said. “You don’t have to but it makes it even more fun. Again, everything that you spend there helps put people to work.”
Tickets for the Ghoulwill Ball will cost $50 for a single ticket, but will cost $45 each if you buy two or $40 each for a group of four or more.
“There will be a whole story built around the thing,” Harris said. “There will be dancing, food is included, there’s a cash bar and all kinds of surprises that happen. We want it to become something people really look forward to.”
For more information on the event, call (419) 255-0070 or email Mark Harris (email@example.com) or Sheila Miano (firstname.lastname@example.org).