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Halloween Costume Party at The Sports Connection Raises $1115 for Richmond County Animal Advocates

Allison Story of Animal Advocates in Costume for Halloween Fundraiser
Photograph by Pam Simmons

HAMLET – The Sports Connection in Hamlet was a great place to see some creative Halloween costumes on Friday, October 12. Director Allison Story greeted those as they arrived dressed as The Crazy Cat Lady, with her hair in curlers, wearing a short purple bathrobe with a cat design, cat slippers, and cats falling out of her pockets.

A delicious buffet catered by Five Loaves Catering was available, which included chicken wings with a variety of sauces, meatballs, cheeses, chips, and salsa. Raffle tickets were on sale with winners receiving a variety of prizes, ranging from baskets full of lottery tickets to a Dukin Donuts package to gift certificates to local businesses, including Southern Roots, First Health, and East of Bliss Massage Therapy. DJ Robert Smith provided the tunes, and Mary Kate Lambeth led the crowd with line dancing, ranging from the familiar beach tunes to Thriller to a variety of moves in between. 

Vicki Cox was dressed as a Leopard Lady, accompanied by Collette Tate dressed as a “flapper” in a silky white dress and her “Mad Scientist” husband James Tate. The “Super Duo” of Wonder Woman and Batman were portrayed by Taylor Bantugan of Hamlet and Darius Jenkins of Charlotte. Scottie Pait was a scary Old Baby Doll, and her friend Jamie Campbell dressed the part of a tourist. 


Laura and Mike Dick of Hamlet were a big hit, with Laura dressed as the Chiquita Banana Lady and her husband wearing a colorful striped serape. Gray and Karen Mills were dressed as Forrest Gump and his sweet wife Jenny; Gray had a ping pong paddle tucked into his pants and Jenny wore her beautiful lacy wedding dress. 

Chief Magistrate Cleve Baxley was in attendance, showing his support dressed as a Pharaoh, accompanied by his lovely wife Amy dressed as Cleopatra. Adthea Collins and Jason Dixon came to the party late, dressed as Lily and Herman Munster, but not too late to come away with the award for best couple’s costumes, winning passes to the Richmond Community Theatre presentation of “A Sanders Family Christmas” beginning in late November. Shelby Purvis won for her Little Red Riding Hood costume. Wonder Woman (Taylor Bantugan) and Batman (Darius Jenkins) also won special awards, as did Laura and Mike Dick. 

Allison Story, Director of Richmond County Animal Advocates, was very appreciative of the people who turned out to support this fundraiser. Because of the $1115 raised, 26 more pets can be spayed or neutered. For more information about the organization, please visit their Facebook page.

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