OKEECHOBEE Nearly 2,000 people walked through the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Monday night for the Okeechobee Halloween Extravaganza, put on by the Rotary Club of Okeechobee and Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney.
From 4 p.m., to 5:30 p.m., the Agri-Civic Center was filled with over 30 businesses and groups within our community setting up tables and tents with plenty of candy and games in preparation for children (and adults) in costume. The gates opened at 6 p.m. Some were in line by 5 p.m.
Inside the arena, kids made the rounds to the booths to collect candy, after they announced “trick or treat” of course. They also enjoyed games such as ring toss and corn hole.
The event had been hosted by another community group in the past but when they closed back in April, Michelle Miller of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney got with the Rotary Club to make sure that this event was still going to happen.
“It’s so important to provide a safe place for the children and their families in the community to come celebrate the holiday. The event is accessible for everyone, it’s completely free, and there’s no traffic for parents and guardians to worry about,” said Miller.
“We had a great law enforcement presence with both the City of Okeechobee Police Department and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department handing out candies to everyone,” Miller continued.
Melisa Jahner, Past President and Current Treasurer of The Rotary Club of Okeechobee, said, “We couldn’t have done this event without the support of some amazing sponsors. We’re so grateful for everything they do for this community and can’t wait to see what next year brings for us and this event!” Sponsors included: Lake Okeechobee News, WOKC True Country Radio, Nunez Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Fast Break, Compass Health, Treasure Coast Hospice, Sign Guy, Lilies House of Joy, Gilbert’s Chevrolet, M & M Auto Brokers, BMJ Towing, and the Indiantown Chamber. A special shout out to the Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee for a grant to cover about half of the candy purchased for the event. Each participating group or business brought candy, but if they ran out of treats, they could get more from the stash purchased with the grant funds.
“The event had a great turnout of not only families within Okeechobee, but the businesses and groups who came out to give candy and play games,” says Jessica Grassi of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney. “I’m really excited to see how big we can make it next year with the support of the community and the volunteers that have already reached out asking to help again,” she continued.
If you’re interested in participating in the Okeechobee Halloween Extravaganza next year, please reach out to Jessica Grassi at Jessica@flainjurylawyer.com to be added to an email list.
About Philip DeBerard Injury Attorney
The law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney handles car crashes, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, medical malpractice, slip and falls, and other types of injury cases. The firm serves The Treasure Coast, Okeechobee and South Florida with offices in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Okeechobee, Vero Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach.
To learn more contact Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney at 1-800-299-8878 or visit https://www.flainjurylawyer.com/.