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Media Coverage and Visitors Galore for 'Haunted Hotel'
Ron Leone, Computing Information Services, aka “Mr. Blood Drop,” helps promote City Tech's Fall 2005 Blood Drive
It was media coverage and visitors galore for City Tech's annual “Gravesend Inn: A Haunted Hotel” live entertainment attraction during Halloween Week in late October. On Monday, October 31, Channel 11 broadcast segments of its morning news show, “WB11 Morning News,” live from the installation in the College's Voorhees Hall in Downtown Brooklyn.
More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff, and community residents toured the “spooktacular” installation during its four-day run, their hair set on edge by an animatronic pirate, an upside-down room, an animated sitting room, talking skeletons, a blood-curdling bathroom, and a living portrait, among other features.
“Haunted Hotel” cast member donates blood
Produced by Theatreworks, City Tech's resident theatrical troupe, with design, construction and operating support provided by students and faculty from the nationally unique entertainment technology program, under the direction of Professor Charles Scott, this theme-park-quality Halloween attraction has been thrilling children and adults alike since 2001.
This year marked a unique collaboration between “Haunted Hotel” and City Tech's Health Education Services (HES) program. All visitors who donated blood on October 31 were admitted to the Halloween attraction free of charge.
Channel 11 News Reporter Patti Smith Barrett broadcasts live from “Haunted Hotel”
“While Count Dracula was nowhere in sight,” said Health Education Services Coordinator Terri Clark, “visitors to 'Haunted Hotel' parted with some 80 pints of blood -- not to feed the unquenchable thirst of the terror of Transylvania, but in response to the needs of the New York Blood Center in order to help save lives. Both the center and HES greatly appreciate the generosity displayed by the students, faculty and others who make 'Haunted Hotel' possible by waiving the admission fee for all October 31 blood donors. This generosity is in keeping with City Tech's longstanding commitment to community assistance.”