Smaller towns work hard to keep their fire and rescue departments functioning on a smaller budget. That’s why Todd Chandler, owner of Columbia Manor, was determined to give back to the community once his dream of owning and running a haunted house became reality.
“Opening a haunted house was a dream of mine for years,” Chandler said. “With the town’s support here we are, and we are going strong.”
During Tuesday’s night Columbia Town Council meeting, Chandler gave the Columbia Fire/Rescue two checks totaling $7,730.30
“As a way of giving back to the community, for not only the town’s support for me, but for the support the town has shown the manor. I am proud to give back to the community. The Columbia Manor brings thousands of people to Columbia annually, and we are proud to call Columbia our home. Giving back to the community means a lot to all of us. I also want to thank all the customers who have helped make Columbia Manor a success. Without the town’s support, the volunteers, and the customers, we could not give back to the community. So thank you all.”
The Columbia Fire/Rescue Department is a huge asset to the city of Columbia, Chandler said, adding that the members are dedicated to making sure the residents of Columbia are served during an emergency situation. Columbia Manor is dedicated to supporting the department, he said.
During the past 10 years, Chandler has given more than $63,000 to the Columbia Fire/Rescue Department. The funds donated by Columbia Manor will go toward the department’s everyday expenses and any equipment needed to help serve the residents of Columbia.
Chandler reminds everyone renovations and plans are already under way for next year’s haunted event.