BEDFORD - Grab a flashlight, and get ready to get spooked.
JABA Paranormal Investigations, an Altoona-based nonprofit group exploring paranormal activity in central Pennsylvania, is hosting the event "Paranormal for Paws" on April 4 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.
The group is hosting several upcoming fundraisers for the humane society, the group's co-founder Beth Ann Karle of Altoona said.
The shelter relies "solely on the generosity of the community" for funding, Jill Brubaker Reigh, the humane society's director of outreach and marketing, wrote in an email.
All proceeds for the Paranormal for Paws investigations go to the local humane society, said Karle's husband, John Albert, co-founder and a lead investigator.
"Any true paranormal research group will not accept payment for what they do; we and they do this for the knowledge and understanding of what lies in the 'other world,' so to speak," he wrote in an email.
If you go
What: Paranormal for Paws
When: 9:30 p.m. Friday to about 4 a.m. April 5
Where: Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford
Investigation cost: A $25 donation for the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society. Dinner at the resort is at the expense of attendees. For more information visit www.facebook.com/ jabaparanormal.
Donations for the Central PA Humane Society are made payable to the shelter, Reigh said.
"We at the CPHS shelter appreciate groups like JABA that fundraise to help us keep the shelter animals warm and healthy until we find them a new forever home," Reigh said.
Beth Ann, a lead investigator, said she and her husband started exploring the paranormal several years ago, and then formed a team about a year ago after people showed interest in joining their investigations.
After she saw an opportunity to give, and thinking about different charities they could help, they settled on the humane society where they adopted their dog about three years ago, she said.
The current team has about eight investigators, she said.
JABA Paranormal Investigations has appeared on the television show "Central PA Live" and has investigated locations such as Altoona's Baker Mansion, Royer Mansion in Williamsburg and the U.S. Hotel in Hollidaysburg.
The group found some of its best paranormal evidence at Duffy's Tavern in Boalsburg, Beth Ann said. The team's website at jabaparanormal.webs.com/ features video from there and other locations.
"My family and I would like to join an event soon; they sound like an interesting adventure," Reigh said. "They have invested in additional equipment for the Bedford Springs event, so they are trying to make sure folks have a great time."
The Omni Bedford Springs Resort investigation, starting in the resort's pool area, will follow a meet-and-greet and dinner beginning at 9:30 p.m., a JABA press release said. Other areas to be explored include the resort's ballroom, lobby and library. The investigation will wrap up at about 4 a.m. the next morning.
"Here at Omni Bedford Springs Resort, we strive to be actively involved in local events and are committed to supporting causes important to the community," general manager Lee Bowden stated in a written statement. "By hosting JABA Paranormal Investigations' 'Paranormal for Paws' event, we hope to strengthen community ties and encourage the growth of local organizations such as The Central PA Humane Society."
The team will return to the resort for Halloween, Beth Ann said.
"Beth Ann and John are very organized and very enthusiastic about the work that the CPHS provides," Reigh said. "JABA is passionate about the paranormal and about caring for animals."
In October, JABA will visit the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library for "Paranormal 101," a presentation for teens and pre-teens, John Albert said.
They plan "to teach them about spirits and why not to be afraid of the dark" and "hope to spark interest in them to be the next generation of paranormal investigators and show that even with all the fake pictures and TV shows out there, this stuff is real, and there is a lot that can be learned when dealing with the 'other world,'" he said.
The humane society also accepts in-kind donations. For a list of needs visit, centralpahumane.org/.
Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is 949-7030.