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Deadnersville haunt raises funds for BGH Foundation

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The Deadnersville attraction held on Rednersville Road in the lead-up to Halloween has raised a $17,702 this year from visitor donations to fund priority medical equipment at Belleville General Hospital.

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Every year, a dedicated Lorne Holditch and his team of hard-working volunteers create a scary experience for the local community through their annual Deadnerville Halloween Haunt in Prince Edward County.

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Throughout October, people from around the region make the trip to Lorne’s property on Rednersville Road to see an awe-inspiring display of Halloween horrors.

With over 140 feet of covered and decorated canopies to walk through as well as numerous animatronic props of various sizes, there is a ‘skeleTON’ of fun for everyone. This popular community attraction has been growing over the last decade, with bigger crowds every year.

In 2023 Holitch hosted more than 15,000 visitors, many of whom, donations to Belleville General Hospital Foundation while they were there.

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“After my wife Sheila passed away in 2019, I decided to keep hosting Deadnersville in her memory,” said Holditch. “She had excellent care at BGH, and so have I. To me, it is important to support our regional hospital and that is why I put this event together every year.”

Never one to hide from a challenge, Holditch entered Deadnersville into a local Haunt Your House competition — and won.

The contest was sponsored by local Real Estate Salesperson Michelle Ellis of eXp Realty. While chatting with Holditch about the history of Deadnersville, Ellis was moved to help. She pledged to donate an additional $1 for every vote cast in this year’s Haunt Your House’ competition to BGHF.

“I know about the important work that takes place in Belleville General Hospital, and Lorne’s story has inspired me. Going forward I’m planning to make an annual gift to BGHF after each ‘Haunt Your House’ contest,” said Ellis.

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The total amount that was donated on-site at Deadnersville this year was $16,359 with an additional contribution of $1,343 from Ellis, for a grand total of $17,702 being donated to BGHF.

Executive director Steve Cook said: “With the 2023 donation of $17,702, Lorne’s cumulative giving now exceeds $60,000. This kind of loyal community support has a huge impact on health care in our region. We are so grateful for Lorne, and the Deadnersville volunteers for their commitment to this amazing event.”

For the month of December, Deadnersville has been transformed into Slednersville — with a display full of Christmas lights and animatronics, running from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. daily.

Holdich has entered Slednersville into the Deck Your House Christmas Tour and Competition sponsored by Michelle Ellis of eXp Realty.

Residents can view the contest page and tour map and visit the many locations in the Quinte area that have decorated houses for people to enjoy this holiday season.

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