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Sold Out Crescent Heights Drive-In Movie Makes A Difference for Afghanistan

On Friday August 20th, the Crescent Heights Community Association (CHCA) hosted our second annual Drive-In Movie Night to a sold-out crowd. This year’s event featured the award-winning documentary film, “The Secret Marathon,” which shared the story of the first women to run a marathon in Afghanistan. The film was produced and co-directed by our very own Crescent Heights resident, Kate McKenzie, who was on hand to introduce the film. Thanks to the incredible support from ATB Financial, Bambu and other sponsors, the Drive-In Movie Night was able to raise $3,500 for the charity Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghanistan), who will use the funds to provide humanitarian support to women and girls in Afghanistan. 

“It’s amazing to see local businesses, volunteers and residents all step up to support an important cause at such a critical time,” said Leor Rotchild, event organizer and CHCA board member. He added, “not only did we raise thousands of dollars to help people in Afghanistan but we did it while celebrating arts and culture and strengthening our community.” 

Bambu, a local business on Centre Street, took food and beverage orders by text and delivered authentic Afghan tea, Vietnamese sandwiches, and delicious desserts directly to people’s cars. Charity partner, CW4WAfghanistan hosted a booth, where they served homemade Afghan cake, gave away door prizes and provided information on what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan and how raised funds are being used to make a difference at this difficult time. 

More than 100 cars full of diverse families attended the Drive In Movie Night held in the parking lot outside the CHCA Community Hall. A number of people without vehicles also attended and brought lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the film. 

The event would not have been such a success without the generous support from ATB Financial, Bambu, Parker PR, Binder Productions, Calgary Underground Film Festival, Crescent Heights Village BIA, and all the amazing volunteers that postered, promoted, and helped with logistics.

Watch for the CHCA Drive In Movie Night to return next summer for its third annual installment. 

Photo Credit: Dave Dearborn