Anonymous Donor Gives Movie Tickets to Kids

I received the following press release from the Chapman Cultural Center, and knew this was something that needed to be passed along. Thank you whomever you are for giving kids a special treat. Even, though it is a simple visit to see a movie, the gift you gave will mean a great deal to all those kids, and their parents.

A local businessman has donated $2,000 to purchase 333 tickets so underprivileged children can see the Christmas classic movie “The Polar Express” at the Chapman Cultural Center on Saturday, Dec. 18.

“A couple of months ago, I was approached by a noted local person, who said he’d like to help make the things we do here at the Chapman Cultural Center more accessible to local kids,” Marketing Director Steve Wong. “He stipulated that he wanted to help kids who do not have the ways and means to attend the shows and programs that require an admission charge. Since then, I kept looking for a way to utilize his generosity and finally zeroed in on ‘The Polar Express.’”

The Chapman Center has contacted several established “children’s” organizations throughout the city and county, setting up the logistics to put the tickets in the most deserving hands. Those organizations that will have children at the movie are Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, Cross Cultural Institute, CC Woodson Community Center, Children’s Advocacy Center, Joy Academy (after school program), Northwest Community Center, Piedmont Community Action, and Spartanburg Regional Pediatric Rehabilitation.

“It is very heartwarming to know this person’s giving will make so many kids happy,” Wong said. “It is now my hope that maybe someone else might step forward to fund the kids having a soft drink and popcorn during the movie.”

“The Polar Express” is an animated movie about a little boy who travels to the North Pole on a magical train to see Santa Claus. It was released in 2004 and is considered a modern classic film because of the hi-tech animation and use of Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks. It is based on the children’s story by the same name.

Regular admission to the movie is $6. It will show on the big screen in the David Reid Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 3 and 7 p.m.

In addition, the Chapman Cultural Center will have a model train exhibit in the lobby of the theatre. This train exhibit is free to the public.

To purchase tickets, please visit or call 542.ARTS.

For more information about the movie or about this donation, please contact Wong at 278-9698 or


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