DOINews: DOI CFCNCA Halloween Tailgate Lunch

Last edited 09/05/2019

Department of the Interior

CFCNCA Halloween Tailgate Lunch

The Witch Wins!

There were wizards, a witch, pirate, vampire and superhero among others at the Department of the Interior's sell out spooky CFC Halloween tailgate lunch sponsored by the National Park Service on Friday, October 28. Professors Minerva McGonagall and Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter dropped in along with Captain America, the Cat in the Hat, “Sue Sylvester” from “Glee”, a Redskin football player, a Victorian vampire, more than one Little Red Riding Hood and the lumberjack, and there was a doctor in the house.

The competition was tough for the best costume, but judges Deanna Archuleta, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Historical and Cultural Preservation and Vice Chair of Interior's 2011 CFC for the National Capital Area, and Pam Haze, Deputy Assistant Secretary – Budget, Finance, Performance and Acquisition, picked the three lucky winners after serious deliberation. First place went to Kim Thorsen as a witch, second place to Polly Hanson as “Sue Sylvester” from the television show “Glee,” and third place to Jackie Corona as a very convincing doctor. All three are from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary – Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Management.

Sponsored by the National Park Service in conjunction with Interior's Bison Bistro, the pulled pork and fried chicken wings sold out as did the homemade spider cupcakes and other baked Halloween goodies. The National Business Center provided the frightful Halloween background music and other assorted spooky sounds. In addition to a good time and good food, the event raised over $900 for the CFC of National Capital Area charities.


National Park Service employees serving in the line for the Halloween tailgate lunch: (from left) Alexa Viets, Kirsten Talken-Spaulding, Alma Ripps, Maureen Foster, Sarah Flint, Colleen Derber, Ashley Daniels, Luis Rivera


Winners and judges from this year's Halloween costume winners include from left: First place winner Kim Thorsen (PMB) as the witch, second place winner Polly Hanson (PMB) as Sue Sylvester from “Gleee”, and third place winner Jackie Corona (PMB) as a doctor, and judges Deanna Archuleta (OS) and Pam Haze (PMB)


Maureen Foster (NPS) as Professor Minerva McGonagall from “Harry Potter”.


Gary Van Horn as Professor Albus Dumbledore from “Harry Potter.”


Maureen Foster (NPS) as as Professor Minerva McGonagall and Gary Van Horn as Professor Albus Dumbledore from “Harry Potter.”


Janet Pfleeger (PMB) as Little Red Riding Hood.


Michael Zimmerman (PMB) as Dr. Suess character “The Cat in the Hat.”


Polly Hanson (PMB) as Sue Sylvester from “Glee” and Kim Thorsen (PMB) as the witch.


Chris Riemer (PMB) as superhero Captain America, who not only fights crime, but also supports the CFC. (Yes, that is a spider cupcake!)


Office of Law Enforcement employees Chris Riemer as Captain America, Polly Hanson as Sue Sylvester from “Glee,” and Gary Van Horn as Albus Dumbledore from “Harry Potter.”

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