Fraternity to Host "Phright Nights" for Philanthropy

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Westminster College's Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity will host "Phright Nights" Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 26-29, to raise funds for two charitable causes.  The attraction is open to the public.

The annual haunted house is held at 129 Waugh Avenue in New Wilmington.  Hours of operation are 8-11 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 28-29.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students.  Proceeds will benefit the fraternity's philanthropy, The Livestrong Foundation, and the family of an infant requiring surgery for a rare brain disorder.

"This is a tradition that Alpha Sigma Phi has been hosting since its founding in 1939," said Milt Constantine, a senior public relations and political science major who serves as the fraternity's public relations chair.  "Last year, we raised more than $1,000 with great support from the campus and community.  We hope to top that this year for two deserving recipients."

Constantine is a son of Thomas and Vasiliki Constantine of Poland, Ohio, and a graduate of Poland Seminary High School.

"Everyone who attends this haunted attraction should be ready for a good scare," said Vince Vecchio, a junior history major and director of the event.  "Parents should be aware that this may not be appropriate for small children."

Vecchio is a son of Peter and Patricia Mattesi of Pittsburgh and a graduate of South Park High School.

Contact Vecchio at (412) 592-3088 or email for additional information.

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