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Humane Society will hold 'Winter in Zombieland' type fundraiser

SEBRING - The upcoming fundraising for the Humane Society of Sebring will be sort of like "Winter in Zombieland," said Judy Spiegel, president of the organization.

It will focus on a time when the Christmas season is over and the toys are broken, the Christmas lights don't work and a lot of living things have died during the dead of winter, Spiegel said.

Spiegel said the event itself isn't simply a make up for the Terror Trail, the traditional fundraising event held in October, but canceled last year because of flooding.

The "Dead of Winter" event will have its own theme and will feature students from Sebring High School's Theater Outreach Program directed by Kaerdi McGovern, a teacher, Spiegel said.

The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 and on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25. Tickets cost $10 each and will be sold through out the course of the event.

Spiegel said the event will continue until all ticket-holders have been admitted. The event will be at the Humane Society shelter.

Unlike the Terror Trail, which has been held four weekends, the Dead of Winter only will last two weekends, Spiegel said.

The Humane Society wants to begin holding the January event on a regular basis instead of the Terror Trail in October, she said, because of competing events surrounding Halloween. Also, she said, they have to deal with mosquitos every year.

That won't be the case with the January fundraiser. She added the Humane Society will probably hold some type of event for Halloween.

Proceeds from the Dead of Winter event will go directly toward the operational costs of the shelter, including food for the dogs and cats, and electricity.

"A lot of people think all we need is dog food," she said.

But the shelter has a lot of other costs, including $1,000 monthly electric bills and insurance premiums, she said.

"All of the money goes directly to the shelter," Spiegel said, adding that none of the volunteers involved get a pay.

Spiegel encourages people to come early, as she expects a long line. She said the event also will be too intense for young children.


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