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Shippensburg Zombie Walk 2013

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Date(s) - Oct 19, 2013
12:30 pm - 10:45 pm

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Shippensburg University

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Area residents are invited to put on their best zombie costumes and walk the streets of Shippensburg on Saturday, Oct. 19, to raise money for the Lester M. Cline People Assisting People Foundation. Non-zombies are also invited to watch the parade.

“We’re just going to do our thing, and if people want to come and check us out, they’re welcome,” said Rich Cline, a foundation member and son of the late Lester Cline, for whom the foundation is named. “Hopefully, we’ll get a good turnout.”

The Zombie Walk will begin on Eckels Field at Shippensburg University. Registration will be held from 5 to 5:45 p.m., and at 6 p.m., zombies will leave Eckels Field and walk for about a mile on Penn, Fort, Queen, Burd and Earl streets before returning to Eckels Field.

There will be time for pictures and zombie fun before the walk begins, Cline said.

Cost to participate is $20 per zombie. T-shirts, which are free for people who pre-register at www.papfoundation.com, will also be sold at the walk, and prizes will be awarded to the top two zombies.

The event is open to people of all ages, but children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no charge for adults who accompany children.

Cline said he got the idea for the fundraiser because zombie events are becoming quite popular.

“Zombies are big right now with the Brad Pitt movie, ‘World War Z,’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ series on AMC,” he said. “We always have PAP’s Day in the Park in the summer, and I was trying to think of another fundraiser. I started kicking this around, and people thought it was an interesting idea. There’s never been anything like this in Shippensburg that I’ve ever been aware of.”

Cline said he has the support of Shippensburg Police Chief Fred Scott and university officials, and his younger relatives and their friends are “thrilled about the event.”

Since Shippensburg’s Halloween parade will be held later in the evening, Cline said he hopes people will come a little early and also participate in the Zombie Walk.

He’s also looking forward to seeing an assortment of creative costumes.

“Some people get elaborate with their costumes, but … I don’t want people to think it’s a zombie attack,” Cline said. “It’s for entertainment, and if we can make some money doing it, it’s a plus.”

The foundation honors Lester Cline, who died in June 2010 after fighting cancer. It was founded by Craig Cline, Lester’s grandson and a cancer survivor, and in Lester’s spirit of helping others, the foundation offers assistance to people suffering from chronic and life-threatening diseases.

For more information, call 860-5083.

Email Debbie Chestnut at dchestnut@cumberlink.com

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