For the second year in a row, BGC South East will be organizing a virtual Halloween celebration in 2021. Annually held in support of the United Way of KFL&A, the BGC Halloween party is a popular community event that has raised more than $15,000 over seven years of Halloween fun.
Last year the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of their annual in-person Halloween party, and the organization ran a successful photo contest to continue to raise money for the United Way.
“There was much anticipation last year on how the celebration would work virtually,” said Amanda Guarino, Supervisor of Community Engagement at BGC South East. “We were overjoyed that the photo contest was able to capture the celebration spirit through hundreds of creative and unique photos.”
The Halloween photo contest last year reached more than 7,100 people in Kingston & Area, according to a release from BGC South East. Hundreds of photo submissions were later displayed at the West End Community Centre to increase the sense of community and shared celebration. BGC is itself a registered charity, a leading provider of educational and development programming for children throughout the area.
“Virtual is different, but still a powerful way to feel together,” Guarino continued “This year, we are also organizing a small staff Halloween celebration, in appreciation of the work our staff have showcased in upholding continuous programs throughout the pandemic.”
“It will give us an opportunity for team-building and great laughs in the costume competition!” she added.
The 2021 photo contest will have four categories and exciting prizes, from toy baskets to movie tickets and game passes, the organization said. In the release, the organization thanks The Rocking Horse and Cineplex for their support in providing fun incentives for participation.
Children, youth, family, and community groups can participate by submitting a photo “in character”. Donations upon entry are encouraged and proceeds of the photo contest will go towards the United Way of KFL&A. Photo submissions will be accepted online until Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.
“Last year really surprised us with the creativity. We had a Scooby-Doo family, genie in a bottle duos, Cleopatra, and even a fully-staged coronavirus funeral,” Guarino recalled. “We can’t wait to see what the costumes will be this year!”
To donate, select the Fund “Halloween Photo Contest” on: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/40731