Dinner and movie event to benefit St. Mary’s
With the cost of dinner and a movie seeming less and less affordable by the minute, the Ambler Theater may just have the best solution, and it’s all for a good cause.
St. Mary’s Villa for Children and Families, partnering with the Ambler Theater, will host a screening of the 1966 film “The Trouble with Angels” Aug. 26 at 4 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the needs of the St. Mary’s community.
Tickets are $40 and include dinner at one of four restaurants in Ambler — Bridget’s, From the Boot, Giuseppe’s and Massa — following the movie. Tickets for just the movie can also be purchased for $15. All tickets can be purchased online at www.AmblerTheater.org.
The coming-of-age comedy, which was filmed at St. Mary’s, starring Rosalind Russel and Haley Mills centers around two girls constantly causing mischief at a Catholic boarding school, all the while running into trouble with the Mother Superior, played by Russel.
The proceeds from the film screening will help St. Mary’s pay for vocational training, life strategy classes and fitness and nutrition programs for the nearly 100 children living on its campus.
The event is an “exciting opportunity for St. Mary’s,” said Diana Fryer, executive director, who often references the film to people who are not familiar with the campus. She said there are several scenes in the movie where the campus is clearly recognizable, noting its an “appropriate setting for Hollywood.” She added a bit of behind-the-scenes trivia from the movie is that Russel paid for the pool on the campus that is still used today.
Fryer said that the idea for the film’s screening came from Connie Brick, community relations representative for St. Mary’s, as not only a fundraiser but a “friend-raiser,” or a way to recruit community volunteers. Together, the two women reached out to the Ambler Theater, which loved the idea, and helped it to blossom by involving a number of local restaurants.
Fryer said the tickets cover the movie, dinner and popcorn and said the price was “very reasonable” considering the “wonderful menus” from the restaurants taking part in the event.
She said she wanted to thank Ambler Savings, Anthony Serrao State Farm Insurance, Impact Thrift, Alan Costanza 2ffice Cleaning and Stanley Lanzetta & Sons Masonry Specialists for sponsoring the event.
St. Mary’s has been a residential community for children removed from their homes for reasons including abuse, neglect, truancy and trauma for more than 100 years. The community’s ultimate mission is to lead children down the straight and narrow by developing healthy relationships and encouraging responsible lives built on faith, hope and love, according to a press release. Fryer added that St. Mary’s also helps with behavioral needs and the reunification of families.
Fryer said for those interested in the campus itself, tours are held throughout the year. She said notices for an upcoming tour in “early fall” will likely be going out soon.
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