Teens can raise money for charity by watching movies
Published: June 3, 2008 | 7109th good news item since 2003
The United Way of Quinte has reeled in a unique fundraising event aimed squarely at teenagers.
The Starlight Film Festival will be an all-night, chaperoned, movie marathon for high school students with free unlimited popcorn and soft drinks and even video arcade games.
The venue will be the Famous Players Belleville 8 cinema at the Quinte Mall from midnight Saturday, June 28 and runs until 7:30 a. m. Sunday, June 29.
The cost is $20 per student with all proceeds going to the United Way.
“We’re using it as a way to engage the youth from our community in the United Way of Quinte,” said Sara Marlin, campaign associate.
She said there is an existing partnership between the United Way organizations in Canada and Cineplex Theatres that other communities have taken advantage of by holding similar all-night movie marathons to raise money.
“These have been successful events in the past and this will be the first year for it in the Quinte area,” she said.
Marlin said four students from Loyalist College’s business administration program have worked alongside the United Way to plan and promote the upcoming event.
The theatre will provide the facility as well as four movies, unlimited refreshments and free arcade games all night long.
“The movies will run throughout the night and students can also play arcade games if they don’t want to watch a movie,” Marlin said.
The four movies to be shown are The Devil Wears Prada, Mission Impossible 3, Disturbia and Blades of Glory.
Marlin said there will be no admittance into the theatre after 1:15 a. m. Sunday.
There are only 300 tickets available for the Starlight Film Festival.
High school students can purchase their tickets at the United Way’s office at 249 William St. or at the Quinte Mall Info Kiosk.