Baseball team hosting haunted fundraiser in city
by Rachel Davis
Oct 19, 2012 | 2493 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
School fundraisers often consist of selling magazine subscriptions, cookie dough or wrapping paper, but Dora High School’s baseball team decided they didn’t want a traditional fundraiser.

The team decided it wanted to create a haunted house in the Dora Shopping Center to serve as a fundraiser, and also to provide entertainment for themselves and their classmates.

“We came up with the idea and I talked to the parents,” Brett Andrews, head baseball coach at DHS, said. “They got on board and worked really, really, really hard.

The end result — Darkwell Asylum, which opened to rave reviews last weekend.

One commenter on the site’s Facebook page said, “It was very scary! Everyone needs to go check it out! Especially if you want to be scared!”

Andrews said that there had been previous haunted attractions in the area, but those have ceased to exist in the last few years. People in the area were going to Birmingham and surrounding areas for their haunted attractions.

“We wanted to fill a niche in this community,” Andrews said. “We are providing entertainment for the community, and I think they get more for their money.”

Darkwell Asylum will be open the next two Saturdays from 6 p.m. until the line dwindles and the next two Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m. They will also be open Monday, Oct. 29, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. each night.

The cost is $7 per person. All ages are admitted, but anyone under the age of 13 must have an adult accompany them.

The school’s Beta Club, Key Club and Anchor Club, along with others, are assisting the team with the event.

“They all do a really good job,” Andrews said. “I think we are providing a really good product, especially for the price.”