Oct. 29 event supports families in need
By Barb Pert Templeton
If you’ve always wanted to dress up like you belong on the set of the popular cable television show ‘The Walking Dead’ grab your best zombie outfit and head to Marine City on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Local event organizer Diane Hintz and her company, ‘Hintz of Hope LLC’ will be hosting the fourth annual Zombie Pub Crawl at bars and restaurants around the city.
Hintz, whose been an avid fundraiser for those in need in the community for a decade now, said past Zombie Pub Crawls were hosted in St. Clair but this is the first one back on the calendar after Covid. She’ pleased to bring it to her hometown, Marine City.
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The party will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Gord’s Bar in Marine City where ticket holders can get registered. Tickets are $25 each and include two drinks and two hamburger sliders plus a specially engraved commemorative pub cup. Hintz said Gord’s is a two-story facility and has huge space heaters on the second floor where their outdoor patio area is located.
There will also be raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle to participate in at Gord’s before moving on to other establishments in town.
Always thinking of others, Heinz said a fundraiser for Paul Moehlman, a local man fighting brain cancer, is also set for Oct. 29 so since she can’t be there all proceeds from the zombie 50/50 raffle will go to him.
The Zombie Pub Crawl has over 100 tickets already sold and Hintz said while the group won’t be able to move all together to each of the participating venues, people can move about the city to each one on their own. Other participating bars and restaurants are: The Riviera, Anita’s, The Fish Company, Two Rivers Winery, Gars Lounge and The New Port Pub.
Hintz said while a majority of participants do dress up as zombies, costumes aren’t necessary to attend the pub crawl.
“There’s no mandate requiring costumes but it does make it more fun,” Hintz said.
She will also be giving away gift cards to the three zombies with the most impressive costumes as awarded by a show of applause from the bar crowd.
As participants make their way through town stopping at other venues they will be duly welcomed by each establishment and most will have drink specials offered at their cash bars.
Hintz noted that most of the participating places have their own large bar areas so patrons can certainly get a drink or in some cases they may even grab a table if they wish to hang out longer.
Proceeds for the Zombie Pub Crawl will be used for Christmas gifts for local families in need. This event and a Santa Pub Crawl give Hintz the ability to help out and last year she was able to lend assistance to 15 families. The list of items donated included food, clothing including coats and boots plus toys
Organizers of the ‘Zombie Pub Crawl’ appreciate having tickets booked in advance in order to have enough food and beverages for all participants.
For tickets’ contact Diane Hintz at 810-650-3578 and she can take cash payment, Venmo or PayPal.