Zombies to help 'mummies' at Lakewood Ranch costume charity

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing teams with nonprofit to stage the fundraiser

srocco@bradenton.comOctober 17, 2013 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- An area nonprofit and a Lakewood Ranch business are teaming up to help moms -- or better yet, "mummies" -- in need this weekend with a Halloween-themed fundraiser.

Mothers Helping Mothers, a Sarasota-based nonprofit organization focused on assisting families in financial need, is hosting a charity costume bash and silent auction called Zombies Helping Mummies. The event, held 8 p.m. Saturday at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct., Lakewood Ranch, aims to support Mothers Helping Mothers' emergency assistance program.

"If a family has a medical situation happening and a child who is ill, and they can't pay for gas to get to All Children's (Hospital) or pay their mortgage that month, we'll help them with money," said MHM President Madeline Brogan. "These are the people that fall through the cracks. They have nowhere to turn because society might say they're earning too much, but really they're living paycheck to paycheck."

Mothers Helping Mothers, in operation since 1990, helps roughly 3,500 families each year. Since all MHM employees are volunteers, the money raised goes straight to the families, Brogan said.

At the benefit, Chef Paul Mattison will set up a mashed potato bar and serve "horror"derves such as chicken, fish tacos and turkey sliders on pretzel rolls.

Beer from Golf Coast Eagle Distributing and wine will be served, and The BoneShakers will provide entertainment.

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at zombieshelpingmummies.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit mhmsarasota.com.

Sabrina Rocco, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7024. Follow her on Twitter @sabrinarocco.

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