Ghostly goodies: Boos & Bites to support Junior Achievement

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Though children get all the goodies from Trick or Treating, adults can have some Halloween fun of their own at Junior Achievement of the Heartland’s upcoming Taste of Achievement: Boos & Bites. A tasty way to support financial literacy and workplace readiness education for students across Muscatine County, the fourth annual Boos & Bites looks to scare up a good time at the Merrill Hotel (119 West Mississippi Drive, Muscatine) Oct. 20 starting at 5:30 p.m.

A scrumptious way to help Junior Achievement, Boos & Bites will offer a buffet of delicious food and drink options from some of Muscatine’s favorite establishments, including a Guy and a Grill, Ardon Creek Winery, Contrary Brewing, Hy-Vee Food Store, KeDough Bakery, Maxwell’s on the River, QuickE’s, and Scooter’s Coffee.

Along with dinner, emcee Tony Loconsole “Tone” will lead people through fun party games as well as introduce the night’s music, provided by Tim Stowe. A silent auction will also offer a chance for attendees to go home with some outstanding items, including Disney on Ice tickets for the Vibrant Arena at The MARK (previously the Taxslayer or iWireless Center), custom painted pumpkins by a local artist, gift certificates to the Merrill Hotel and Maxwell’s, tickets to the University of Iowa versus University of Indiana basketball game, and more.

Guests enjoying Boos & Bites in 2021. Photo courtesy Junior Achievement of the Heartland.

To attend, guests much purchase tickets for $30 apiece, either through Junior Achievement’s website or at the door. The funds raised from these tickets allow Junior Achievement to continue providing free volunteer led financial literacy classes for any kindergarten through 12th grade classroom interested in working with them. In the past year, 174 classrooms in Muscatine and Louisa Counties collaborated with Junior Achievement, allowing 244 volunteers to teach meaningful lessons to more than 3,652 students. Additionally, 608 students took fieldtrips to BizTown, Junior Achievement’s hands on experiential learning simulation in the Quad Cities. Because many teachers and Junior Achievement volunteers attend Boos & Bites each year, Katie Sothmann, senior director of marketing and special events, considers it a great time for people wanting to know more about Junior Achievement and exploring volunteer opportunities to discover what the organization has to offer. “I think this is a great introduction to Junior Achievement,” Southmann said.

A night out with ghostly goodies and spooky good fun, Southmann hopes to see turnout for Boos & Bites continue to grow, and for the fundraiser to bring in more than $10,000. “It’s really a low cost, fun night to give back to Junior Achievement and your community,” she emphasized.

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