Annual family movie night hits the big screen next week

The fifth annual family movie night in Haley Park returns next week with "The Lorax".

The fifth annual family movie night in Haley Park returns next week.

The Kootenay Savings family movie night will feature ‘The Lorax’ on Sept. 7 on a three-storey screen.

Since the first movie night in Trail during 2008 the events gained popularity each year, and last year officials recorded roughly 4,000 people attending the fundraiser across all three participating communities – Trail, Kimberley and Nakusp.

“For us, the movie nights are a way to help the food banks stockpile heading into Thanksgiving and Christmas, while also putting on a fun and unique event that caters to families,” said Aron Burke, community relations coordinator for Kootenay Savings.

In Trail alone last year, an estimated 2,500 people brought along more than 1,000 pounds of food, as well as $137 in cash donations for the local Salvation Army Food Bank, who will be the beneficiary of all the donations earned again this year.

The Helping Hands Food Bank was the beneficiary of the nearly 1,000 attendees in Kimberley last year, collecting food valued $2,700, along with more than $300 in cash donations.

The Nakusp movie night had roughly 450 people in attendance and the Nakusp Food Bank was the recipient of nearly 500 pounds of food.

“It’s always amazing to see how generous people are, and how excited all the kids are to see a movie outside on the huge movie screen,” said Burke.

There will be a concession and washroom facilities at all three parks, and the movie will hit the big screen at dusk (7:30 p.m. in Trail).

For more information visit www.kscu.com or www.facebook.com/KootenaySavings, or call Burke directly at 250-368-2683.