Goreville Manor puts on haunted house to raise money for ChildServe


Lambda Chi Alpha continues to build up its lawn displays Thursday, Oct. 21. ExCYtement in the Streets and lawn display event will be from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29.

Lindsay Calvert

More than 20 zombies will be dancing to

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance at a mock witch hanging this

weekend at <a href="http://www.mylambdachi.com/" target="

“_blank”>Lambda Chi Alpha’s Goreville Manor.

This is the 34th year Lambda Chi Alpha has

transformed its house into a haunted house during Halloween

weekend. Lambda Chi Alpha is $3,000 short of reaching a total

$100,000 contribution to <a href="http://www.childserve.org/"

target=”_blank”>ChildServe since 1992. Reaching that $100,000

mark is a goal they are aiming for this year, said Shaun Francik,

junior in biology and president of Lambda Chi


Each scream and terrified face at Goreville

Manor can help fulfill a <a href=

“http://www.childserve.org/index.php/video” target=

“_blank”>child’s need for items such as an adaptive wheelchair

or hearing aids.

ChildServe partners with families to help

children with disabilities live a great life, said Sarah Anderson,

communications manager for ChildServe.

“They set goals and we help them meet the

goals,” she said. 

More than 2,000 families in Iowa have been

helped by ChildServe during the past year. The

ChildServe location in Ames provides physical, occupational and

speech therapy to help children succeed in


Many people think occupational therapy is only

for adults, Anderson said. A kid’s job is to play. Occupational

therapy helps them learn how to ride a bike or swing a

bat. As they grow older, they progress to bigger

things, Anderson said.

The Ames facility provides childcare for

children with disabilities. 

“You can’t just call the teenage girl down the

street,” Anderson said. “It requires special care and training for

childcare for children with disabilities.

Goreville Manor takes about 30 minutes to go

through the whole house. Some special features include a maze and

five skits, including a skit from the movie “The Ring.” The

traditional mock hanging of a witch will happen each hour, on the


Each guy in the house has contributed about

150 man hours from the beginning of September until now to make

this possible, Francik said.

Lambda Chi Alpha is assisted by Alpha Chi

Omega and Phi Beta Chi in their efforts to scare for a cause.

ChildServe has been working with Lambda Chi

Alpha for a significant time, Anderson said. 

“They’ve been very generous over the

years.  We feel really lucky to have this partnership

with them,” Anderson said. 

ChildServe will need growing financial support

in the future as it continues to grow and serve more children with

needs, said Kelsey Parker, ChildServe fund development manager.