BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - The 22nd Annual Halloween Downtown was held Wednesday night in Bay Minette. This year, the city council proclaimed October 31 as Greg Mais’s Day, after the two decades of service Mais has organized the event.
Mais said he enjoys organizing the event because he gets to see the smiles on the children's faces. His hard work and dedication for the 52-year-old is gratifying.
Because of his upbeat attitude, one would not know he has stage 4 lung cancer - the worst of its kind. But that did not stop Greg from doing what he loves year after year.
“I’ve always enjoyed it, it’s always been one of my favorite events that we do. We do a few other community fundraisers, but this is the one I enjoy the most,” said Mais.
Mais said the past few weeks have been overwhelming, especially after the Bay Minette City Council proclaimed October 31 as Greg Mais’s Day.
“I was telling somebody it was a trick but a treat for me. I just about fell to the floor. It just really surprised me. It was a very big honor and I appreciate the city doing it for me,” said Mais.
Mayor Bob Wills said members of the Halloween staff had to lure Mais to the city council meeting.
“One of the staff told him the mayor and council had a problem with him using the civic center this year and he needed to come to the council to make a pitch as to why it was good for the city for him to be able to use it. And so when we got to that point of the agenda, I called him up, he approached the podium kind of sheepishly. And of course when he got there, we told him what we were really up to. It worked out well,” said Mayor Wills.
As the organizer of the annual Halloween Downtown bash, Mais said this year has been hard after being diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. But in the end, the event is in good hands.
“Our civic club members all rallied and got together to set it all up. It’s normally something I do. It was a really big help to know that it was all done. I am looking forward to going up there and seeing it all done tonight,” said Mais.
The biggest held to date: the support from family and friends.
“It’s been very overwhelming as far as the support the community has given me. Usually I’m a person that likes to help others. It’s been very different, odd, whatever word you want to use for people to be helping me. It just really... it was tough to handle at first. I was really overwhelmed. I’ve had a lot of people say just let us help you. Don’t worry about it. Don’t think about it. The money will take care of itself as far as paying all the hospital bills. But we’re going to get you through it, so it’s been wonderful,” said Mais.
A portion of the proceeds from Wednesday night’s event will go back to Mais and his family to offset the cost of medical bills.
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