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Halloween costume contest to raise money for Batavia Arts Council

BATAVIA – Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke doesn’t know whether he will dress as The Mayor of Munchkinland for Halloween, “The Simpsons” Mayor Joe Quimby or Sir Topham Hatt, from the television show “Thomas & Friends.”

Those who participate in the Batavia Arts Council’s Halloween Hooligans fundraiser can vote to determine what costumes Schielke and other dignitaries should wear for Halloween.

Funds raised go toward providing scholarships and offering grants to artists and for art projects.

Schielke said he doesn’t have a preference on what costume he wears.

“I’m here to do my part to help Batavia and its philanthropic institutions,” he said.

To vote, go to www.BataviaArtsCouncil.org. Photos of the participants and their costumes are at the website.

There are nine participants. In addition to Schielke, the others include Scott Beltran (owner of Daddio’s Diner), Anne Gugliuzza (owner of Batavia Academy of Dance), Joi Cuartero (Batavia MainStreet executive director), Steve Fisher (Aliano’s Ristorante manager), Roger Breisch (Batavia Chamber of Commerce executive director), Nick Marsh (vice president of All Star Sports Instruction), Tom Wangler (owner of Confident Aire Inc.) and Dominic Cattero (Batavia Fine Arts Centre manager.)

On the Web

To participate in the Hooligans fundraiser, visit www.BataviaArtsCouncil.org. Cost is $1 for one vote, $5 for six votes, $10 for 15 votes, $20 for 35 votes, $50 for 75 votes, or $100 for 200 votes.

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