Appreciation for Safe Treats help
       Halloween Safe Treats is a community event that we of Kasten Accounting can proudly say we have helped organize and sponsor for 19 years. It would not be successful if it were not for the help and cooperation of all the merchants who participate. We really appreciate them being part of the fun.

A member of the volunteer Safe Treats "Boo Crew" seeks to sweeten up a young Halloweener's day in the Old Town Plaza Oct. 31.
Westside Pioneer photo

       It is extremely important to recognize the very generous sponsorship from the Bank at Broadmoor and Bob McGrath Construction. Also, thanks to the many other contributors that help with money, gifts and volunteer time.
       This event is strictly run from these sponsors and public contributions and donations. No volunteers are paid. Their reward is watching the faces of the adorable princesses, goblins, ghosts, and other precious characters too numerous to mention. The innovation of some of these parents is remarkable.
       Also, a big, big thank you to Coronado High's Future Business Leaders of America and Student Council, whose members helped control the crosswalks, games, and spread cheer (not to mention, candy). This year we also had a special group from Foundation for Successful Living that helped with all the balloons and chalking the parking lot for the games and cakewalk (special thanks to Safeway). It was a slice of heaven to see this special group having such a good time.
       What it takes: a budget of at least $2,500; 75 volunteers; 60 golden tickets; 4 months of planning; tons of telephone calls and emails; and 3 tired women. The result? 2,000 warmed hearts… priceless.
       The Westside is a better place for this event and the community spirit it creates. We heard so many thank you's, it's amazing. Old Colorado City can be as proud of itself as we are proud of it. Thanks again to all of the above for making this happen.

Lori and Judy Kasten and Vanessa Craine