Halloween Bash Honors Seymour Avenue Survivor

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HINCKLEY, OH -- The freedom to enjoy a beautiful fall day can be easily taken for granted, but a group of volunteers made Saturday a day to remember for a Cleveland woman who was held captive for more than a decade.

The Happy Days Elderly Care facility in Hinckley was transformed into a Harvest Fest and Halloween Party Saturday with fun and entertainment for all.

This year's event had a special name and guest of honor: The Michelle Knight Boo You Bash.

Up until a few months ago, Saturday was the kind of day Michelle Knight could only dream of. She, along with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, was held captive by Ariel Castro in his Cleveland home for more than a decade.

"She told us that she hasn't had many holidays and she was very excited about Halloween. So, we figured Halloween Bash would be good," said Event Coordinator Pat Bauer.

Michelle was dressed as an angel with the Guardian Angels at her side the entire day. Cameras were kept at a distance, but others were not, even if it was just to give Michelle a hug.

"We met Michelle and she was just so sweet. And with the circumstances of her last 11 years, we just thought it would be a nice thing to do," Bauer added.

For the past seven years, this Harvest Fest has raised money for the area's homeless. But, the organizers decided to make this a fundraiser for Michelle.

The community support was overwhelming.

Volunteer Billy Porter said all the proceeds from the day's events will go directly to Michelle Knight.

"We don't want anything for it. We just want the pleasure of seeing the joy on her face. That's all we want," Porter said.

The Michelle Knight Boo You Bash organizers said they wanted to make this a memorable day for a woman who has lived an unimaginable past.

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3 comments

  • Arista Crat

    I love Michelle Knight, and respect her courage and tenacity… but didn’t she, along with the others receive hundreds of thousands of dollars already?

    Is this neighborhood “picnic” really helping, or just another publicity stunt (for the organizer – NOT Michelle)?

    Good thing the Guardian Angels were there!
    Top-dawg security there boy :P

  • Prayers go along way

    Maybe if that was your family member or friend you would think different. I know God is very proud of what the community has done and are doing. I am very happy that this event took place and what about the homeless they are never forgotten like she was. Maybe you should go help the homeless and pray that she has the strength to move forward the last 11 years you remember the good the bad the ugly and can you please let her enjoy her life now.

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