Marcella Weiss joined Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck’s fundraising group, The Moriches Paquatuck Squaws, Inc., in 1987. With the experience of volunteering at a small “Scary Walk” at Clark Gardens in Nassau County, she knew that the camp property was the perfect place to host a “Spooky Walk”. So, in 1989, she, along with the Squaws and her family and friends, transformed the camp into a haunted attraction that has become the most successful Halloween event on Long Island. Through the years, the Spooky Walk has raised two million dollars for the camp.
Marcella has always received tremendous support from her husband, Kirk and their four children, Kirk, Jr., Joseph, Marc and Michele. Everyone has some part in the Spooky Walk. The family business, Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, has always donated anything that is needed from supplies to man-power. Fortunately for Marcella, October is a calmer time in the greenhouses.
Otherwise, she and most of her family are busy helping in the family business.
As a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Plant Science, Marcella worked as a county Agricultural Agent diagnosing plant problems and organizing Horticultural events. After having four children in five years, Marcella worked seasonally in the family’s sales division of Kurt Weiss Greenhouses.
Marcella’s passion for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is evident in the time she spends volunteering for the camp. She is a two-time past president of the Squaws and currently serves as the secretary on the Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Board of Directors. Over the years Marcella has seen the camp go from a rustic, summer-only camp to a year-round beautiful facility. Fundraising can do that!