2012-10-24 / News

Halloween Extravaganza set for this Sunday

for Ronald McDonald House
By Elizabeth Billips

Burke County families are invited to get in the Halloween spirit while raising funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

This Sunday, a full afternoon of entertainment is slated at the Burke County High School Auditorium.

The event will be hosted by Channel 26 meteorologist Shaneen Quarles and weekend radio personality Big T. Wesby, who is also a youth minister and pastor in Burke County.

The show is spearheaded by radio host and comedian Tommy Ingram, a Waynesboro native who got involved with Ronald McDonald House while visiting ill children at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center.

“Every month when I would go there I would see parents from Burke County who were living in the Ronald McDonald House while their children were in the hospital,” he said. “They couldn’t afford lodging, so the charity would put them up so they could be close to their children.”

While making those visits, Ingram also met the Super Heroes, a group of volunteers who don full comic book costumes to cheer up the kids.

The Super Heroes will be coming to the Sunday night bash in Waynesboro to interact with the crowd, sign autographs and pose for pictures. “I’ll either be Spiderman or Flash,” Ingram said. “It’s going to be a real treat for the kids.”

Wesby agrees, noting the lineup of comedy, dancing and music will offer a good alternative for safe family fun.

That kind of “clean entertainment,” he says, is something that is sorely missing for most kids in the community.

“We hope the Halloween Extravaganza will be the beginning of a new trend in entertainment for our youth,” he said, citing the violence and criminal activity too many children are exposed to. “I know this show won’t stop the stealing, killing and failure of our youth but it will be a venue for a night of fun and a platform to speak to their parents about positive change. We want the youth of Burke County to know we care.”

In order to get as many children at the event as possible, organizers are asking residents and businesses to considering sponsoring a child.

The show is expected to last around three hours and will also include the Tawanna and Joy ventriloquist show, a Michael Jackson impersonator, the Gospel Warriors, Comedian Jay Combs and the McDonald Dancers

– a team of child dancers who put on Ronald McDonald wigs and synchronize their moves to the sound of The McNugget Jingle, written by Ingram.

“It’s going to be a great night,” he said. “It’s all about bringing positive activities and positive influences to the kids here.”

Sunday, Oct. 28
Burke County High School
Doors open at 4 p.m.
Show begins at 5 p.m.
Admission $10
To sponsor a child, email

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