- Kali Ledgard
- Lead News Writer
The Paranormal Society of Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host its third annual “Boo for Boobies” overnight ghost hunt fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Oct. 24 and from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Oct. 31.
Any student 18 and older can investigate Keith and Leonard halls, supposedly two of the most haunted buildings on IUP’s campus.
This will be the last time to explore these buildings before they are permanently closed at the end of the semester, according to Nicole Bradley, president of the society.
“We like to do a majority of our investigation in these two locations due to the amount of activity and evidence we’ve experienced in these locations,” Bradley said.
Tickets are on sale now until Oct. 23 for $10 per time slot in the Oak Grove, or, in the event of bad weather, Keith Hall.
Attendees have the option to attend one or all time slots. T-shirts will also be sold to students for the fundraiser.
Shirts will be $3 for those who have purchased tickets for the ghost hunt and $5 for those who have not.
The fundraiser began in October 2012 to raise awareness for breast cancer, as October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Beyond it being an event during the scariest month of the year, a specialty of our club and the pinkest month of the year, the club has a personal connection to it,” Bradley said. “Our adviser, Dr. Laurel J. Black, has had to fight against breast cancer herself.”
Black is also an associate professor in IUP’s English department.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the Indiana Regional Medical Center Women’s Imaging Center.
The proceeds will be used on research or to expand assistance toward the fight against breast cancer, according to Bradley.
“Through donations to IRMC, we’re giving back directly to Indiana which impacts a lot of our members and IUP,” Bradley said.
Due to Keith and Leonard halls’ impending demolition at the end of the semester, the club hopes to hold the ghost hunt at one of the many other locations on campus.
“In the future, the hope is to relocate to do other locations on campus,” Bradley said.
“There are several upcoming and exciting locations where the events will be held.”
Along with the ghost hunt, the club holds many additional fundraisers throughout the year:
A zombie prom, with proceeds donated to IRMC; a gallery psychic medium reading with IUP alumna Kitsy Higgins, which benefits local animal shelters; and a Ghostly Lantern Tour on Oct. 9, which will collect canned goods and money for the food bank, according to Bradley.
All students and faculty are encouraged to participate in this year’s “Boo for Boobies” fundraiser, as it could be the final time to investigate IUP’s most haunted buildings.