Moviegoers, hands full of blankets and lawn chairs, began lining up to snag a good spot in the parking lot on 35th and Phinney at 6 PM on Saturday July 10. By the time the gates opened, the line was snaking down the sidewalk and around the block. Together this group of Ghostbusters fans raised $3,360, 50% more than last year! And it gets better, the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents matched this incredible amount, which means the Fremont Outdoor Movies on Saturday night raised a grand total of $7,000! This will all go directly to Solid Ground’s Family Shelter – which provides long-term and short-term emergency shelter as well as case management services to homeless families in the Seattle area.
Family Shelter’s primary goal is to help families find more permanent housing. In 2009 the Family Shelter program temporarily housed 105 families through the enhanced and voucher programs. Roughly 60% of the 374 individuals served through Family Shelter in 2009 were children under the age of 18. Tamara Brown, the Solid Ground’s acting Housing Director, stated that, “we continue to be amazed at the abundant giving from the Fremont community each year – and we are thankful for such caring, generous neighbors.”
“Our team has been supporters of Solid Ground through the Fremont Outdoor Movies event and done several projects about emergency housing over the last six years,” said Tonya Hennen of the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents. “We love working with Solid Ground because we feel that as an organization it offers such a wide umbrella of services to assist those with many kinds of needs on its mission to eradicate poverty, including a focus around housing access which the CoHo Team particularly supports.”
The success of this event would not have been possible without the tremendous efforts of the Fremont Outdoor Movies and the CoHo Team. Fremont Outdoor Movies Event Producer, Ryan Reiter perfectly described the atmosphere as “fun and laid back. Everyone loves movies and it is a great way to help create change within our community; it continues to be a huge success and we are proud to be a big part of that.” As the MC of the night, Reiter provided entertainment until the movie began with games and trivia, adding to the fun atmosphere of the event.
A special thanks to the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents and the Fremont Outdoor Movies. And thank you to everyone who participated in the event and made it such a huge success!