Din­ner and movie event to ben­e­fit St. Mary’s

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Eric Devlin

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.

Bharathy Chellakannan ques­tions a move by op­po­nent Tris­tan Lee.

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