Media Release: Spooky Movie Night - A Collaborative Success

Richard Schmaltz accepts a cheque on behalf of the St. Joseph Food Bank from Sarah Frederick, Recreation Programmer for the City of Pembroke and Katie Tollis-Flabbi, Community Development Officer for the Township of Laurentian Valley.

Richard Schmaltz accepts a cheque on behalf of the St. Joseph Food Bank from Sarah Frederick, Recreation Programmer for the City of Pembroke and Katie Tollis-Flabbi, Community Development Officer for the Township of Laurentian Valley.

SPOOKY MOVIE NIGHT – A COLLABORATIVE SUCCESS

The City of Pembroke & The Township of Laurentian Valley bring a twist to Halloween

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                OCTOBER 19, 2020

The Township of Laurentian Valley and The City of Pembroke collaborated on a Spooky Movie Night at the Skylight Drive-In on Saturday, October 17th.  Both municipalities wanted to offer safe, spirited programming for the local community, especially with the uncertainty around Halloween festivities this year. Collaborating on a free evening at the Skylight Drive-In was the perfect option and the overall success and response exceeded expectations!

Over 120 carloads filled with enthusiastic families flooded the Drive-In for a back-to-back showing of Corpse Bride and Beetlejuice. Attendees came dressed up in their Halloween costumes and brought carved pumpkins to display for the pumpkin carving contest. The first 400 guests were given a small bag of popcorn thanks to sponsorships from Bennett Electric and Roseburg Pembroke MDF and trick-or-treat bags were assembled and distributed to each child under the age of 18 during the first feature film! Thanks to Chahna Fai & Church Street Flowers, Precision Textiles, Warrior Gear, Town & Country Men’s Shop, Pembroke Fitness Centre, Bob’s Music Plus, Joe’s Family Pizzeria, Das Studio, Planet Fitness, Custom Draperies & Blinds, and the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre for donating to these bags!

During the first feature, Deputy Mayor Gervais (The City of Pembroke) and Mayor Bennett (Township of Laurentian Valley) judged the pumpkin carving contest. Pumpkins were displayed with a battery-operated light by their parking poll and the glowing pumpkins added a spooky Halloween effect. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to Joe’s Family Pizzeria, Blair Jones Law Office, the Best Western, the Skylight Drive-In, and Chahna Fai & Church Street Flowers for donating to the winners prize pack!

Sarah Frederick, Recreation Programmer for The City of Pembroke says, “It was great to be able to offer families safe, spooky Halloween fun and was great to see kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes and all of the creative pumpkin carvings. Thanks to all of our awesome sponsors who helped make this event possible, to the Skylight Drive-In for allowing us to host, and a big thank you to all the families who made donations to the St. Joseph’s Food Bank.” Navada Sargent, Recreation Coordinator for the Township of Laurentian Valley adds, “I am so glad the Township and the City of Pembroke collaborated to offer a Halloween family fun event for our communities to enjoy. We couldn’t have asked for a better evening and the turnout was fantastic! Again, thank you to our sponsors for helping make this possible.”

Donations were collected for St. Joseph Food Bank and collectively $824.85 was raised. Thank you to everyone’s contributions! For more updates from both municipalities, please follow them on Facebook or check for updates on lvtownship.ca or pembroke.ca.

Happy safe Halloween everyone!

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