Thursday, October 23, 2014

Clarendon Hills to sell zombie hunting permits for breast cancer fundraiser

Clarendon Hills is offering a very different kind of permit for sale in hopes of raising money for a good cause.
Taking a fun twist on some scary beings, the village is offering zombie hunting permits for sale through the month of October. Money collected from sales will be donated to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Fund.
Permits are for sale at Village Hall, 1 N. Prospect Ave., for $5 for Clarendon Hills residents and $10 for non-residents. Anyone wishing to pay more to make for a larger donation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is welcome to do so, said Dan Ungerleider, the village’s community development director.
“This is just our effort to change some Halloween orange to pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Ungerleider said. “I think it’s always positive when we can bring the community together for a good cause.”
The Village Board voted Oct. 6 to approve the sale of the zombie hunting permits. Trustee Eric Stach voted against the action.
“I’m definitely against zombies and for fighting breast cancer,” Stach said. “This is a very creative idea, but I have a concern about whether the village should be picking certain private organizations to support. I don’t really think the village should be dipping its toes into this arena.”
Ungerleider said he has no specific goal in mind for the amount of money to be collected through sales of the zombie hunting permits.
“Whatever we do collect will go to a great cause,” he said. “I’m hoping people get involved and have fun with this.”
Those purchasing a permit will have to first complete a short test, answering questions to help determine someone’s understanding of “what makes a zombie and why they are so darn scary.”
Permits are in the form of a placard that can be placed for display in the front window of homes.

“We’ll start off selling the permits here at Village Hall,” Ungerleider said. “If there’s a big demand, we’ll add locations, like the police station.”

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