The purpose of BOO, INC. is to provide opportunities for members of the community to connect with local businesses through sponsored events, as well as to provide an innovative funding source for non-profits based in Bradford County, PA, though grants, fundraisers, and other means.
The mission of BOO, INC. is to promote community mindedness, altruism, and volunteerism through fundraising efforts, sponsorship of training and event planning and development.
Established as a non-profit entity with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2020, BOO, INC. expects to be fully operational as its own registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit by the advent of the Halloween 2021 season.
BOO, INC. was founded as a spin-off of the Wysox Haunted House, which provided safe, family friendly Halloween fun while serving as a fundraiser for a local EMS agency for over twenty years until that ambulance station closed in 2019. In the last few years of operation, the haunted house developed into a large community event, providing a platform for other non-profits and small independent businesses to connect with the community. In addition, in 2016 it started a special event, Halloween for Hunger, which collected non-perishable food items, bar soap, and toilet paper for distribution to local food pantries. The addition of basket and 50/50 raffles afforded an additional opportunity to support other local non-profits in the community, and traditionally all of the proceeds from the raffles were distributed to a non-profit chosen by the haunted house committee each year. The organization is comprised of over 60 volunteers, including a volunteer executive director who handles the day to day operations in conjunction with a Board of Directors, all of whom are also volunteers.
BOO, INC. volunteers have been working hard on maintaining the existing relationships already established with local businesses through the haunted house. In addition, they will work on developing new partnerships with local businesses (for profit and non-profit) to support growth and sustainability.
Benefits of partnership include, but are not limited to:
Current fully invested partners include the Child Hunger Outreach Partners (CHOP) and Wysox Fire Company, two local non-profits whose commitment to the haunted house project has been demonstrated through their ongoing support over the past several years. The Law Firm of Niemic, Smith & Pellinger has offered their legal services at no charge to our organization, Dandy Mini Marts, Inc. continues to sponsor our annual volunteer pizza party, and Fulmer Recovery & Transport, Inc. has once again offered to sponsor staff shirts for our volunteers.