FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Halloween Trick or Treat Town, or Halloween Town for short, is an event that the Fairbanks community has come to know over the last eight years. Taking place at Pioneer Park, the event provides a setting in which families can enjoy Halloween and experience an itinerary prepared for them by event organizers.
Proceeds from the Halloween Town event will be put towards various programs intended to increase accessibility for the disabled community of the Alaskan interior.
While Halloween Town may offer this opportunity for a family outing, its objectives are even more far-reaching. In the last three years, Halloween Town has experienced a transition in leadership which has impacted how proceeds from the event are handled. Access Alaska, Pioneer Park, and the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association, are each using proceeds from the event towards improving accessibility for the disabled community within the Alaskan interior.
Access Alaska, the fiscal agent for the event, intends to use the proceeds generated by Halloween Town to fund their daily operations. According to Christine Charron, Pre-Employment Transition Manager at Access Alaska, the funds they accrue from Halloween Town allow them to better serve their consumers. Since Access Alaska is mostly grant-funded, these grants come with specific stipulations. Funds raised through events like Halloween Town allow Access Alaska much more flexibility to contribute towards their consumers. Charron cites a specific example for an event they helped host for one of their support groups for visual impairment that will allow them to participate in an outing to a shooting range.
Pioneer Park, on the other hand, has a more specific goal for their allotment of the Halloween Town funds. According to Pioneer Park Manager Donnie Hayes, increasing accessibility to the Pioneer Park playground is a project that he is focused on planning. “The playground itself is probably more of a two million, 2.5 million [dollar] project,” said Hayes. While the money raised by Halloween Town is helpful for paying for a plan to execute the playground project, Hayes is also looking for sponsorship. He claims that 75% of the money should come from sponsorship so that the burden is not on the taxpayer.
According to a press release issued by Pioneer Park, the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association will put their share of the funds towards their Adaptive Soccer for All Players program for youth with disabilities.
This story will be updated as more information about these projects becomes available.
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