Many families need our help

Scares That Care was founded by Joe Ripple, a retired Baltimore County, Maryland, Police Detective, in 2007 as a tribute to the daughter of a fellow officer who succumbed to a terminal illness.

The charity originally started with the goal of raising $10,000 per year for organizations such as Make-A-Wish and the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

After several successful campaigns, the charity became more formalized in 2011 as an IRS approved 501(c)(3) and a newly established Board of Directors, we refocused to fight the REAL MONSTERS of childhood illness, burns and breast cancer by helping families that are experiencing these extraordinary hardships cope with the financial burden by raising and providing $10,000 per sponsored family.

We are a 100% VOLUNTEER organization in order to maximize our supporters donations to those who need it!

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Scares That Care News & Updates

Meet Our 2019 Sick Child Recipient

Ladies and Gentlemen – Cancer sucks. Relapsing FIVE TIMES is worse. Dealing with Neuroblastoma since he was five years old, Wes is a true example of a Warrior.

Wes’ prognosis is not very good. Recent news has come to the family, which is pretty devastating.

However – love always wins. Join me in welcoming Wes and his family to our Scares That Care Family as the sick child recipient for 2019.

Due to the seriousness of Wes’s condition, we presented his family with their 2019 check early. Your continued support made this possible! Please donate to continue helping families in need. 

Meet Our 2019 Breast Cancer Warrior

Hey Folks…going through life is hard. We all know that. Going through Breast Cancer, including chemo, partial mastectomy, radiation by yourself -is even harder. Losing your husband to Leukemia a few years before you battle this disease…is unthinkable. But Christine is a fighter. A warrior. A horror fan. And because all of this – we welcome her as our 2019 Breast Cancer recipient of our gift. Please welcome her to the family as I know you can!

STC Benefit Dinner & Dance

Come join your favorite family for a night of dinner, dancing and giving back! Join the “Scares That Care – Ghosts Of Christmas Presents,” as we celebrate the holiday with our friendship and love of giving back!

Cost is $40 per adult and $15 for kids 12 and under.

Enjoy a buffet style menu including grilled sirloin, herb grilled chicken or salmon fillet, vegetables, mashed potatoes and dessert. Water, coffee and sweet tea is included. Cash bar is available.

This is a family-friendly event, so children are welcome. Kids menu is chicken tenders, mac and cheese, apple sauce and apple juice.

Bring your toy donations! We will be selecting a family (or two) in need to join us for this dinner, and then surprising them with toys for their children. Can you imagine a better gift at the holidays?

DRESS – You may dress up in fine clothes, you can come in your favorite “ugly sweater” and sweatpants. You can come in costume. Your presence is our present, so you attending is more important than what you wear!

A “Christmas Bizzare” Silent Auction, and other fun things to do!

PLEASE NOTE – This is a dinner and dance. There will not be any celebrities in attendance.

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2018 Toy Drive

We’ve kicked off this year’s holiday toy drive and donations are now being accepted.

You can send new toys to:

Scares That Care
18530 Falls Road
Hampstead, MD, 21074

Store is Open and Scares That Care Weekend 6 in 2019!



Hotel room reservations WILL OPEN AUGUST 24, 2018 AT 1PM. Available rooms will be on a first come, first served basis. The group code will be needed to book your room(s). That group code – and the reservation number – will be posted just before the block opens.

Vendor Registration is WILL OPEN OCTOBER 1, 2018.

All further announcements will be made via the show’s FACEBOOK page.



About STC

We obtained our 501(c)(3) in 2011 in order to be as transparent as possible for our supporters. We will continue to seek improving the openness of this organization and please contact us with any questions you may have.

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