Shocktober’s Paxton Manor will open its sixth season this year as an award-winning haunt. The 150+ team of dedicated volunteer actors and crew won Visit Loudoun’s Humanitarian Award this past spring. Paxton Manor is a 140-year old mansion located in Leesburg, Virginia, that has been transformed into a professional haunted house that raises funds for Paxton Campus.
“We Scare Because We Care, is our motto” says Jennifer Lassiter, Executive Director of Paxton Campus. “Shocktober brings a diverse group of amazing volunteers: from our Board of Directors and staff, to people who love our cause and want to help, to haunt enthusiasts who love to scare people. Each volunteer contributes so much to the entire production.”
Shocktober is a major production that logged over 5,200 volunteer hours and raised over $200,000 for Paxton Campus in 2014. Since Shocktober’s inception the proceeds have helped Paxton Campus create two new programs: “A Life Like Yours” ALLY Advocacy Center, that fills the unmet needs of the community by providing free information, supports and services to people with disabilities and their families; as well as Supported Training and Employment Program (STEP Up), a job skills and training program for adults with disabilities. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE SHOCKTOBER WEBSITE
The Staff at Paxton Campus
At the Paxton Campus, it is our mission to maximize the potential of children while supporting families and individuals with disabilities so that they may thrive in the community.
For 90 years, the historic Paxton Campus has been providing underprivileged families and children with a safe environment. Having previously served as a convalescent center, daycare, and an orphanage, the Paxton Campus will stop at nothing to provide opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities to serve their community and become contributing members of society.
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The Arc of Loudoun at the Paxton Campus
Programs on the campus include The Aurora School; Open Door Learning Center preschool; STEP Up Vocational Training program for adults (with Maggie’s Closet and Paxton Attraction as training facilities); and ALLY Advocacy Center (“A Life Like Yours”) Advocacy Center, all devoted to serving people with disabilities and their families, as well as helping children of all abilities thrive in our community.
The Aurora School, a private day school licensed by the Virginia Department of Education, teaches students with special needs, particularly those with Autism. Currently we are at our maximum attendance with 35 students, from ages 5 to 22 years old, from all over the Greater Washington Area. Open Door Learning Center is a preschool and nationally accredited kindergarten that serves children with and without disabilities. Supported Training and Employment Program (STEP Up) offers transition services to help adults with disabilities live and work independently. “A Life Like Yours” ALLY Advocacy Center fills the unmet needs of the community by providing free information on disability rights, guidance, support, events, and workshops to families and caretakers of those with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.