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Penn State Sorority, Harner Farm Collaborate for Frightful Fundraiser

by and on October 11, 2017 4:30 AM


Penn State's chapter of Delta Zeta sorority has partnered with Harner Farm to present the fundraiser "The Awakening," 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the farm's corn maze, 2191 W. Whitehall Rd., State College.

The scary evening, which will include zombies and clowns, will benefit Starkey’s Hearing Aid Foundation. The foundation provides hearing aids to people in need in the United States and throughout the world. 

“'The Awakening' event benefits Starkey’s again, because the company is a main beneficiary of the fundraising of Delta Zeta," said Karyn Morrison, an alumna of the Penn State chapter of Delta Zeta and its current chapter director. "(Starkey's) slogan is ‘So the World May Hear,’ and they hold hearing camps all over the world.”

Sorority members will be in costume at the maze, and Chris Harner said, “People should definitely arrive by 7 p.m., because that’s when the zombies awaken. There is even a zombie kissing booth made from an old outhouse.”

In addition to being smooched by zombie and encountering the creepy inhabitants of the maze, visitors will be able to purchase hot dogs, cocoa and cider.

“The maze covers around 3 acres," said Harner. "You should bring your own flashlight, and children under 13 must be chaperoned by an adult.

“We want this to be a fun evening for all. This is the first time for 'The Awakening,' although the maze has been happening for 12 to 15 years.”

Attendees must enter the corn maze no later than 9 p.m.

The Harners will decorate their store for the event, too, with lights and other seasonal displays to add to the atmosphere.

The national Delta Zeta magazine, The Lamp, recently recognized the Penn State chapter for being its top fundraising chapter nationally. The group's next event is a fall festival scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29.


This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Connie Cousins covers Centre County for the Gazette.
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