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Proceeds From 'Haunting at Union Cemetery' Will Benefit Victims of Woodside Road Fire

More than 70 Redwood City residents were displaced in Thursday's devastating fire.

[Editor's note: The following was submitted by the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation.]

Organizers of Saturday’s event at the historic cemetery choose to donate portion of proceeds to help residents displaced by this week’s apartment fire. 

Union Cemetery, located at the northwest corner of El Camino Real and Woodside Road, CA-84, was founded in 1859, and is the California Registered Historical Landmark No. 816. It’s a place to remember prominent people who shaped local history amongst the 6 acres of majestic mature trees. This Saturday, October 19, it is also the setting for “The Haunting at Union Cemetery” a fundraising event hosted by four local non-profit groups.

The fundraising event was unveiled last year to raise money for several local non-profits, but in the wake of Thursday morning’s 6-alarm apartment fire on Woodside Road that displaced over 70 residents; the event organizers have chosen to use this fundraising event to help others. Ten percent of the proceeds from the event will be used to benefit those families displaced by the fire. "While the goals of the event is two fold, both as historical recognition of a unique location in Redwood City and a fundraiser for local non-profit organizations, we are pleased to also have our efforts and community participation help those in need after this week’s unanticipated tragedy," says Steve Cortez, Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation Board Member.

This adult only event takes place on Saturday, October 19 and will include a number of different activities. There will be flashlight tours, ghost story-telling, a costume contest, tarot card readings, and some surprises in store for those who dare to venture out. “There’s a full moon this Saturday night and the weather is predicted to be dry and warm, so it promises to be a great night for this outdoor event,” says Nancy Radcliffe, chairperson of the event. “With the support of the community, this event will generate funds for both local non-profits and the residents displaced by this week’s fire.”

The Haunting is on Saturday, October 19. The event begins at 6:00pm and ends at 9:00pm. Tickets for “The Haunting at Union Cemetery” are $40 per person. The ticket price includes admission, two drink tickets and appetizers. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. 

Tickets may be purchased at the entrance gate or online at http://www.rwchaunting.org. Attendees may park at Crippen & Flynn Funeral Home, an event sponsor, located at 400 Woodside Road near the Union Cemetery.

The Haunting at Union Cemetery is organized by these local non-profit organizations:

Historical Union Cemetery Association protects and preserves Union Cemetery. For more info. visit the website at http://historicunioncemetery.com.

Redwood City International promotes sister-city relationships between Redwood City, CA and Zhuhai, PRC and Colima, MX. For more info. visit the website athttp://www.redwoodcityinternational.org

City Trees, Inc. promotes and supports urban forestry efforts in Redwood City. For more info. visit the website at http://www.citytrees.org

Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation advocates, advances and develops support for parks, recreational programming, community services, cultural activities and the arts in Redwood City. For more info. visit the website at http://www.rwcpaf.org


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