DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg says 100% of the proceeds from Monday night’s showing of the latest Mission Impossible movie will go to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Florence relief.
Marti Eggers, Co-Manager of The Plaza Theatre, says, “We have a lot of people in the community who have friends and family who are impacted by the hurricane.” Eggers adds that they’re doing whatever they can to help the victims of Florence by contributing all of Monday night’s proceeds to the Red Cross’s relief efforts.
Theater regulars are happy to take part, like Lori Thomas: “I think it’s a great idea. I can’t imagine being in the Carolinas with the devastation that’s occurring and I think it’s a great thing for them to be giving back.”
Some newcomers weren’t aware of the fundraising effort but were also thrilled to be a part of it. Linda Tolly of Dayton says, “I had no idea but it’s a happy coincidence to find out somebody cares.”
Tickets are just $5, but every donation could mean a hot meal, or a case of water, or clothing, or household essentials for someone struggling. Daniel Richard of Miamisburg says the images coming from the East Coast leave an impression: “People basically walking through waist-deep water for safety and getting on boats to get out of their own house.”
It’s another reason Lori wants to give back: “I invited 6 or 8 people to come to the meet-up group tonight to see the show, so we’re glad to give the money back to help the Carolinas.”
And since many people are not able to travel east to directly help, this is their way of contributing. Daniel says, “The idea of fundraising and enjoying yourself at the same time is a great idea.”