Free, open-air family film night planned as TDR fundraiser

Mayor and councillors, acting as volunteers, plan a movie night to raise funds for Tour de Rock.

For those of you in search of a welcome distraction from the back-to-school blues, a late-summer, open-air movie night may be the antidote you’re looking for.

Ladysmith’s mayor and councillors are volunteering to host an outdoor screening of Despicable Me to raise funds for Tour de Rock (TDR) the night of Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Duck Paterson, a councillor with the Town of Ladysmith, said “Ladysmith has always been a big supporter of TDR and we thought it would be kind of neat and unique. I don’t think any other [city] councils fundraise as a group.”

Outdoor movie nights have been successful here in Ladysmith in the past, Paterson added, making them an ideal choice for a family-friendly fundraiser.

Despicable Me will be shown in the grass amphitheatre at the Community Services Complex — home of the Boys and Girls Club and the Ladysmith Resources Centre — at Second Avenue and High Street.

A short film showcasing the TDR will screen shortly after 8 p.m., Paterson said, followed by the night’s feature film.

Admission is free, Paterson added, and popcorn, hot dogs and refreshments will be available on a “by donation” basis with all proceeds going towards TDR.

For more information, contact Duck Paterson by phone at 250-245-2263.