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Warner Robins police haunted house raises $3,300 for Happy Hour

WARNER ROBINS -- A $3,300 donation to Happy Hour Service Center from Warner Robins police will go a long way, says a Special Olympics coordinator for the nonprofit agency that works with the developmentally disabled.

Rose R. Neal-Moore said the funds will help offset the cost of the center’s outreach and Special Olympics programs.

“The amount of money that it is, it will be a big pebble in all of the pond,” she said.

Warner Robins police raised the funds through its haunted house Oct. 23-Nov. 1 at the old police station on Young Avenue.

“We’re hoping to make this a yearly thing,” said Jennifer Parson, public information officer for Warner Robins police. “So next year, hopefully, we can come back with an even larger check for another charity.

“This year, we’re giving to Special Olympics. We want the money to kind of stay in the community, so we’ve chosen Happy Hour, and we’re going to sponsor their athletes in Special Olympics this year.”

Several of the haunted house actors, police officers and some of their children joined some Happy Hour Special Olympians outside the police station for a ceremonial check presentation Wednesday.

Founded in 1956, Happy Hour is a training center that helps those in its programs prepare to get out in the community, Neal-Moore said. The center offers job training and other skills depending on a participant’s skill level, she said.

“We’ve had some here with us since the baby room,” Neal-Moore said. “They’ve grown up with us in the program.”

Happy Hour has several Special Olympians who participate in masters bowling, volleyball and basketball programs, she said.

Adding in registration, food and meals, the cost of sending a Special Olympian to the state games is about $190 to $200 per person, Neal-Moore estimated.

“It will help us a great deal,” she said of the donation. “Things are getting tight with the economy, and we need all the help we can get.”

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.