||Pelicans Participate in Treats for Special Kids
It was trick-or-treat time for some special children in the Myrtle Beach area, but Myrtle Beach Pelicans staffers were the ones who got the real treat. On Friday, October 29th, 2004, Ryan Ibbotson, Neil Fortier, Angela Barwick and Splash from the Pelicans joined forces with WBTW-TV and other area businesses to participate in Treats for Special Kids. Hosted at the local Medieval Times Theatre, the event allowed special education children to celebrate Halloween in a barrier-free and non-threatening atmosphere.
| MBBC’s Ryan Ibbotson hands out candy to local children.
| Splash poses with party attendees.
More than 600 local school age children enjoyed a morning of fun and trick-or-treating. The Pelicans set up a table and handed out treats. The children, many in costumes or hand-painted Halloween t-shirts, made their way around the arena to fill their bags with goodies. Splash was on hand to greet young trick-or-treaters. The attendees also enjoyed a Halloween party with face painting, snacks and games.
Treats for Special Kids is an annual event in Horry County, and one that the Pelicans plan on attending again next year. This event provides some special needs children the only opportunity to celebrate Halloween. Even though Pelicans staffers were volunteers at this community event, all agreed that they received the best treat – the smiles and happiness of the children who attended. As promised by event host, Angela McRavin of WBTW-TV, sponsors were rewarded “with an overwhelming feeling of joy and gratification”.
Thanks to MBBC’s Angela Barwick for this Capcom story and photo.