COPPERAS COVE — Dave’s Sports Bar and Grill is offering up some screams to raise money for the local Armed Services YMCA facility by hosting a haunted house.
“We just believe in helping the community by giving back,” said Felicia Muramoto, a manager of Dave’s Sports Bar and Grill. “We care about the local people and the families of Copperas Cove, and this is our way of giving back.”
The haunted house, which takes people through a portion of the bar’s patio, features several scary rooms, said Muramoto, to include a room with zombie babies and ghostly portraits.
There is no cost for parents or children to walk through the haunted house, which opened Monday and will have its last run today, but the bar is collecting donations for the Armed Services YMCA Family Center.
“All the proceeds will go to the YMCA,” she said.
Doreen Vasseur, the center’s director, said it is rare when a business comes forward like Dave’s petitioning the organization for a fundraiser. The bar’s owner, Dave McBride, approached the YMCA wanting to create the spook-filled event as a fundraiser for the local YMCA facility.
“Anytime we can get the community involved it helps our kids out, too,” said Vasseur. “We have anywhere between 30 to 50 kids to come out and do something every day.”
The fundraiser also is coming at a good time for the family center, said Vasseur. The YMCA is renovating portions of the building and the money from the haunted house will possibly be used in the facility’s teen room for the purchase of video game consoles and video games.
“We are doing an all new teen room,” she said. “I plan to buy some stuff for the teen room.”
While the funds will go to helping keep teens entertained, Dave’s wanted its haunted house to be family friendly and cater to everyone in Copperas Cove, not just the bar’s normal clientele.
“I think in communities like this there always has to be something for the kids to do,” said Muramoto. “(The haunted house) gives families a time to gather and something to do.”
The haunted house is separated from the remainder of the patio so there will be no alcohol or cigarette smoke around any children, she said. It is designed to be family friendly.
Vasseur said she toured the haunted house before several YMCA children passed through its halls and she was impressed by the setup.
“It is absolutely amazing,” she said. “The kids loved it.”