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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 1:00 pm

LeVetta and Kevin Leger connected with The Centers for Habilitation (TCH) at the perfect time.

The Chandler couple had been doing an annual Halloween event at their home for 12 years before the city forced them to close down. They wanted to continue the tradition, so they partnered with TCH and dozens of volunteers to bring a Halloween Haunt to Ahwatukee Foothills for the first time last year.

The second TCH Monster Mash will take place on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. in the location previously occupied by Stein Mart, at 4633 E. Ray Road.

Tickets are $60 and proceeds will benefit TCH and its programs. The organization was started in 1967 in Tempe and provides services to people with physical or developmental disabilities. Part of their efforts are to keep seniors independent with in-home care assistance. They also have a day program for those 18 years of age and older, which continues their education with activities mixed in.

At last year's Monster Mash, they raised roughly $18,000.

"We felt it would be a good niche for us, doing a Halloween event," said Dawn Hocking, director of development for TCH. "We have a lot of unusual entertainment."

There are several stations set up for the event. A multi-room haunt with live actors and animatronics is the main feature. They have been working every weekend for the past month to get the building ready for the haunt.

"We go all out, and it can be pretty scary," LeVetta said. "It is a lot of work for one night, but it is definitely worth it. The money we raise is going to a great cause."

There will also be a costume contest, silent auction, zombie dancers and more at the event, which they hope will raise more than double what they brought in last year.

Tickets can be purchased at www.TCH-AZ.com, or at the door on the night of the event. The haunted experience is open to anyone 21 years or older. Guests will receive dinner, drinks and entertainment for the night.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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