The 100 Mile House Waterpark Society is expecting several hundred people in attendance when it hosts a movie night on a huge inflatable projection screen in Centennial Park in 100 Mile House on Sept. 14.
With the help of Success By 6 – an initiative dedicated to early childhood development – the Waterpark Society has arranged for Fresh Air Cinema, an outdoor movie company, to play the computer-animated film The Croods.
This sort of event is a first for 100 Mile House, explains Jamie Hughes, co-founder of the Waterpark Society.
Hughes has received a welcome response from people around the community, as she set out delivering invitations and lining up sponsors.
“Our goal is to get 500 people. I think we’re going to reach that. It sounds to me like people are talking about it.
“It’s something that’s affordable. You can take your kids and it’s safe. You can enjoy something together as a family. I think it’s re-energized everybody.”
The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. and people are welcome to find a place to sit anytime after 8 p.m. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the Waterpark Society, as it tries to raise close to $300,000 to build a spray park in 100 Mile House.
Since its inception in March 2013, the group has raised approximately $40,000.
With the help of local sponsors, the Waterpark Society has already covered the $3,330 in costs associated with hosting the event on Sept. 14.
We’re hoping to raise anywhere from $500 to $10,000, Hughes says, adding it’s an event the whole community is getting behind.
“The 2014 grads [from Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School] will be at the movie night. Because it’s going to be dark, they’ll be there as personal [ushers].
“They’re going to hang around the parking lot and help families pack their lawn chairs and get them to their spots. Afterward, they’re going to walk people back with flashlights if they need it.”
Hughes asks that people leave their pets at home and refrain from smoking in the movie crowd.
“Because it’s outside, we can’t enforce it. I just really hope people respect that. There will be a ton of kids there.”