The Rotary Club of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford News presented a special drive-In movie experience Friday night.
All proceeds from this event went to Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign.
Organizers put up a giant, inflatable 40-foot screen for the showing of the movie Grease.
Dwayne Dsouza, a marketing assistant for Fresh Air Cinema, said the screen always impresses people when they first see it.
“It’s a foldable screen so you can set it up wherever you want. It’s a pretty fast process to put it up.
Visitors enjoyed food service from the Pink Ladies, Boston Pizza’s Kayla McLeod and Cassandra Friskie, who dressed up in 1950s fashion.
Boston Pizza Sumas general manager Neil Biggerstaff donated food and staff to make the event a success.
He said Boston Pizza enjoys helping out with community events.
“Boston Pizza likes to give out to worthy causes and help the community as much as they can.”
And fighting polio is a cause that’s easy to get behind.
“It only takes 60 cents to save a child’s life by administering a polio vaccination. Six dollars will save the lives of 10 children,” said Andrew Franklin, president of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford.
While polio has been eradicated in North America and many other countries, places like Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan are still battling the disease.
Rotary’s goal is to end polio – forever. The campaign supports immunization in developing countries where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.
The fundraising evening was presented by The News, the Rotary Club of Abbotsford, MSA Ford, Murray GM, Boston Pizza, the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre and Dignity Memorial.
Spots for the drive-in were booked in advance and donations were taken upon entry.