Willy Wonka and his Everlasting Gobstoppers will take center stage Friday at a chocolate-themed fundraising event at the Abacoa Golf Club.
More than 300 costumed revelers are expected to attend the adults-only Ghouls Gone Wild 4 party, which will raise money to support The Happy Camper Foundation.
The Palm Beach Gardens-based nonprofit, founded in 2008 by sisters-in-law Randi and Karen Cohen, provides summer camp scholarships to disadvantaged kids.
The organization has provided more than 200 scholarships to local children during the past five years, Randi Cohen said.
“The kids choose the camps,” she said. “That’s one of the unique aspects of our foundation. The campers choose where they want to go.
“They’re local children, but we’ve sent them to Broadway camp in New York City and wherever else they want to go. We try to concentrate on enriching programs and things that are otherwise not affordable.”
Ghouls Gone Wild, held every other year, is the organization’s largest fundraising event. The organization hosts smaller fundraisers in the spring, including a Saks Fifth Avenue shopping event and a Birdies for Children campaign fundraiser as part of The Honda Classic golf tournament.
Friday’s party, which begins at 8 p.m. and runs through midnight at the Abacoa Golf Clubhouse, on Barbados Drive east of Roger Dean Stadium, will feature live music, a candy bar, a Halloween costume contest, a chocolate fountain, a graffiti booth, a Wonka Bar golden ticket raffle, go-go dancers and more.
Tickets are $100 each and are available online at www.happy-camper.org.
“Ghouls Gone Wild allows us to send dozens of children to summer camp programs each year,” Karen Cohen said. “Creating an experience that brings nearly 300 people together for a great cause is what we work year-round for.”