Summer Movie Program Produces Red Carpet Results For Three Local Charities

By Alicia Squillante

Just this past summer, the AMC Regency off Brand Blvd. celebrated a huge win for local charities by continuing their Summer Fun Flicks movie days.

Each week. the theater showed a previously run children’s movie and charged $1 for admission which went to three local charities: Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO), the Campo Y and Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association.

Those dollars added up significantly because on September 4th, Hal Garrett, general manager for the theater, presented all three charities with checks for $2,460.16.

“There are only 2 theatres in the company that do this,” said Garrett. “The Regency here in Tampa and the Regency in Jacksonville.” The charities were chosen by Garrett and Chick-fil-A Lake Brandon Village co-owners Paul & Tammy Holmberg who also were on site for each movie date with fun kids activities and the Cow.

Movies weren’t the only entertainment for the kids. “We had Balloons and Magic with Mike Jones,” explained Holmberg.

“He donated his time because he believed in the program.

In addition to Summer Fun Flicks, the AMC, with the help of Chik-fil-A Lake Brandon Village, also held a fall charitable event, a movie night featuring The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a family-friendly movie.

Coupled with the movie were food, raffle prizes and drinks to benefit yet another good cause, the current Honorary Mayor of Riverview Campaign.

For more information about ECHO, Center Place or the Campo YMCA, visit http://www.echofl.org, http://www.centerplacebrandon.org, and http://www.tampaymca.org respectively.

For more information on AMC theaters visit http://www.amctheatres.com or call 685-3396 for the Brandon AMC.