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10/5/2015 11:16:00 AM
"Spook City in the Woods" to haunt
Jade Schmeling, left, and her cousin Gabe Nelson have hosted Spook City in the Woods, the annual fundraiser to fight bullying, for the past three years.
Jade Schmeling, left, and her cousin Gabe Nelson have hosted Spook City in the Woods, the annual fundraiser to fight bullying, for the past three years.
Spook City in the Woods, the fourth annual fundraiser to fight bullying, will be held in rural Racine on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening.
The event, also known as "A Walk Through a Haunted Woods," will be held at 27436 790th Ave., south of Racine.
At last year's third annual event, a total of about 380 guests walked a sectioned-off path decorated with zombies, witches, skeletons, spiders, chain saws and more.
Gabe Nelson, a freshman at Stewartville High School, and his cousin Jade Schmeling, a junior at Edina High School, have hosted the event the past three years. Jade was a seventh grader at Kasson-Mantorville Middle School when classmate Rachel Ehmke took her own life in April 2012 after being bullied at school and online.
"If I can raise money for an organization just to stop one person from bullying or being bullied, that's my goal," Jade said last year.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from this year's Spook City in the Woods will be donated to PACER, an anti-bullying organization.
Spook City in the Woods raised about $1,500 a year ago, about double the $750 to $780 raised in 2013 and considerably more than the $422 raised in 2012. Guests paid a free-will donation to participate.
Guests at this year's event will be free to make donations and enjoy refreshments. The outdoor event will be held if weather permits.
Roger Nelson Electric LLC will sponsor this year's event.

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