Bell's Corn Maze donates proceeds to youth hockey

CHAZY - For the last three years, since the beginning of the annual Bell's Corn Maze, Matt Bell has been donating proceeds to local causes.

On Oct. 3, a percentage of the proceeds raised during the day was donated to Chazy Youth Hockey.

"Chazy Youth Hockey owns its own rink," explained Bell. "So, they have a lot of expenses there. Our mission is to keep hockey affordable and available to the community."

Bell personally cares a lot about the rink as he spends a lot of time there.

"Three of my kids skate and they belong to the club and have for several years," he said.

In return for receiving the donation, members of Chazy Youth Hockey helped "haunt" the corn maze during "Fright Night," held the evening of Oct. 3.

In the past, the fright nights seem to bring less-than-ideal weather, and this past Saturday was no exception.

"You watch the horror movies, and how many Friday the 13th movies have you seen that there wasn't a thunder storm," asked Bell. "We tell people it adds to the ambiance."

The rain doesn't seem to keep people away, however, as Bell's was able to donate $1,000 to Chazy Youth Hockey.

"It's a great cause; it's something I care a lot about," said Bell.

According to Amy House, a founding member of the Scotts' Memorial Rink - the site of Chazy Youth Hockey - the organization has found the contributions from Bell have been "an asset to the rink."

"That's quite a bit of money and we've been able to do a lot of renovations at the rink," House explained. "Just a lot of projects that need to be done."

"The Bells are really going above and beyond," she added.

Bell's Corn Maze will have two more fright nights this season. This Saturday, Oct. 10, proceeds from the day will benefit the Chazy Central Rural School girls hockey team, with the team haunting the maze at night. The last one will be Saturday, Oct. 24, with proceeds benefitting the Girl Scouts.

The eight-acre maze is in the pattern of four spiders and a cobweb, designed by Bell's 12-year-old daughter.

The corn maze, located at 499 Ratta Road, is open Fridays from 5-9 p.m., Saturdays from 12-9 p.m., and Sundays from 12-5 p.m., through Nov. 1.

For more information, call 846-8586.

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