Looking creepy for a good cause (20 photos)Sunday, October 27, 2013 by: Darren Taylor
Okay, not everyone was dressed up to look "creepy."
In fact, many of the costumes were interesting, attractive or downright cute.
However, the official name of the event was indeed "Kreepy Night for Kidneys," a Halloween costume party and dinner/dance fundraiser for adults 19 and over, hosted by the The Kidney Foundation's local office, and held at the Grand Gardens Ballroom on Dennis Street Saturday evening.
Campaign Coordinator Penny Marquis of the Sault Ste. Marie Kidney Foundation of Canada office told SooToday.com: "We had a wonderful committee, a group of seven, to put this fundraiser together, and the Grand Gardens is a wonderful place to have this."
"The food is great and the people here are wonderful."
Saturday's event was the third annual Kreepy Night for Kidneys (with a door prize, costume prizes and raffle draws), with funds raised going to The Kidney Foundation for kidney disease research and patient services.
About 100 people attended Saturday's event.
Marquis told us approximately $6,000 was raised at last year's Kreepy Night, and organizers were hopeful of reaching the same total this year.
This year's annual Kidney Walk in Sault Ste. Marie, held September 14, raised about $25,000 locally.
"That was an excellent day for us," Marquis said.
Upcoming fundraising efforts for the local Kidney Foundation include door-to-door canvassing and a campaign held in cooperation with Wendy's.
Both of those fundraising campaigns will take place in March, which is Kidney Health Month.
Kidney disease research has progressed over the years.
With kidney disease patients, there is now longer life expectancy, and dialysis treatments are shorter than they once were.
"When the dollars go into research, that's what happens," Marquis said.
"The improvements get better every year."