View Full Version : My Charity theater! 300+ people in the park and $3,000 raised!!

09-06-2008, 09:56 PM
Hey everyone,

Well, it's safe to say I've come a long way with the help here. I just got back from showing Cars (HD, of course!) in the park for over 300 people from around the community.

A little backstory:

A math teacher at my highschool recently had a child. She passed away over the summer after being sick with complications of epilepsy for several months, and the NHS and wrestling team felt like we should do something. All proceeds from the incredible amount of concession donations and other monetary donations went towards the Epilepsy Foundation. We had already done a movie night just for highschool kids and had about 50 people at my friend's house for a showing of transformers. That was pretty successful, but we decided to step it up!

So we busted out the sewing machine and grommets, bought more blackout cloth, and then bought a bunch of 2x4's and more PVC. Our screen size went from 10 feet x 8 feet to 20 feet by 8 feet!

We rigged the screen up to the PVC with zip ties and the grommets, and then attached the PVC to the 2x4 frame we constructed. That was then attached to a full size soccer net and nailed to the ground with rope drawn out to accommodate wind.

I was in charge of everything technical (ie anything that deals in 1s and 0s) since I'm the geek Grin The township took care of the licensing (they do pool movie nights) so that helped out a lot. With local connections, I was able to get multiple local businesses on the huge main road in the township to advertise for the movie night.

Things were started off with a really beautiful slide show of clips from his daughter's life set to music. Then we took a short break. We split it halfway through for intermission with the awesome old school drive in clips that made adults feel all nostalgic, and then finished the movie.

We, a rag-tag group of high school seniors from the NHS and wrestling team, raised over $3,000 to donate directly to the Epilepsy Foundation.

Pictures soon!

09-06-2008, 10:30 PM
Wow! Great job and a great cause.

09-07-2008, 08:08 AM
Very impressive. Thanks for sharing.

09-07-2008, 04:16 PM

09-07-2008, 04:20 PM
Excellent...thanks for sharing!

09-07-2008, 04:24 PM

A lot of the pictures I took were blurred beyond utility. The camera had a lot of issues taking pictures at night and I wasn't trying to annoy people by taking picture after picture. For the bulk of the night, that concession line was double in size and there were two of them!

09-07-2008, 04:24 PM
Bravo!You deserve many congratulations about this!:)

09-07-2008, 04:34 PM
Thanks! We all worked really hard and although there was some hot-air blowing and "territory marking" by a few people (ie jerks), it was still a success. The really essential people with the most control over the event kept cool heads and that's why it worked out.

The final total was tabulated, and I have been told it is now over $4,000. I am pretty sure we are presenting a check to the teacher at a school assembly. The story has been featured in multiple local magazines/newsletters and we're working on the press release for the Pittsburgh newspapers.