Proceeds benefit Cierra’s Club, named in memory of Cierra Adams, who died of a drug overdose July 16, 2011, her 18th birthday. She would have been a senior at Batesville High School. The club was founded by her mother, Karen Adams; Rippe and Flannery. “Our mission is to raise funds to be used to provide safe entertainment choices for teens that do not include drugs or alcohol.”
According to Rippe, “Because we got so much money upfront that covers our expenses, everything we make” will be used to provide future activities. Adams adds, “We had talked about doing another laser tag event because that went over really well.”
“So many people get involved” with the haunted house, Rippe says. “We’ve been meeting every Tuesday since January” building the multitude of sets and props. BHS students Ian Williamson “was always there helping us, and Colin Brown and other football players.” BHS, OA and Batesville Middle School students have popped in to lend their talents. “At this point we have 35 students signed up to be actors and help at Fear Factory.”
On his own, BHS student Grant Greene produced a video that “was just too good to pass up. We wanted a YouTube video because we want to appeal to the kids,” she says. It can be viewed on the Web site www.fearfactorybatesville.com.
Adults Jen Saner and Katie Welsh contributed graphics skills for advertising materials and Angie Straub enhanced publicity photos.
The co-directors gave a presentation to three Hill-Rom leaders – Senior Vice President of Corporate Services John Dickey, chief technology officer Brian Lawrence and Hill-Rom Center manager and employee engagement lead Mary Jon McCaig – to gain support for the project. Rippe notes, “Hill-Rom was looking for ways to support the community, particularly with drug prevention. They really jumped on board because it was something they wanted to do. It was good timing.” The company’s assistance “has been tremendous. They let 20 of their employees give their time. In addition, they’ve donated supplies.”