July 28, 2014

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Halloween benefit set for Castro victim Michelle Knight

HINCKLEY TWP. — A Halloween benefit is planned for Oct. 12 in Hinckley for Michelle Knight, one of three Cleveland women held captive for more than a decade by Ariel Castro.

Castro, a former school bus driver, was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years on Aug. 1 for kidnapping and sexually assaulting Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Knight while holding them captive in his Cleveland home. A month after his sentencing, Castro hanged himself in his cell.

Michelle Knight

The small family-owned senior care facility hosts a Halloween party every year to collect donations of food and other items for charity. This year, Debra Porter said she wanted to help Knight and conduct a fundraiser in her honor.

“I know her well,” Porter said. “She loves Halloween and she’ll be here for the whole event.”

The Halloween themed party will include trick or treating in the woods for children up to age 11, wagon rides, hot dogs, chili tasting and soda.
There also will be live entertainment from Outback Ray featuring exotic animals, performance by Esto Jazz and karaoke.

In addition to the entertainment, you can also enter a chili, soup and stew cook-off with the price of admission. The grand prize is $100. To enter to the chili contest, email Dan Donner at cddonner2@gmail.com.

Fundraiser attendees are asked to dress appropriately for the weather as the event is outdoors, and to bring a chair.

The fundraiser cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-11 and free for children 3 and younger.

Tickets are available at B&B trophy at 1317 Pearl Road in Brunswick, or at HealthSource of Brunswick at 1659 Pearl Road.

Tickets also are available online at michelleknightbenefit.myevent.com.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.