The fourth annual Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema was an overwhelming hit! At least 700 Wedgwoodians turned out for an evening of fun that kicked off at 7:30pm. Pre-movie activities included face painting, piñatas, a water balloon toss, limbo, and a visit from our local fire station #40! Folks enjoyed grilled bratwurst, ice cream cones, bottled water, and balloons courtesy of our partner, Metropolitan Market, while Varlarmos Pizzeria treated us to calzones and Starbucks brought coffee and cookies.
Following sunset, Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit was projected onto the huge inflatable movie screen that offered a perfect image from any location in the Decatur/AE2 playfield.
Thanks to HomeStreet Bank for being our platinum sponsor for the third year in a row! Branch Manager, Gina Iandola, and her team also gave away Woodland Park Zoo T-shirts, hats, and passes. Generous donations of canned food and non-perishables to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington were collected by the HomeStreet Bank team.
We also appreciate Edward Jones, our gold sponsor. Edward Jones representatives Lisa Mullins and Chad Smith even gave away chairs! Thanks to our bronze sponsors: Starbucks, Fiddlers’ Inn and Perche’ No. Kudos to Bob Bianchetto who donated proceeds from his fresh popped popcorn sales to benefit Decatur/AE2 Elementary School and donated tickets to a UW Husky Football game! Welcome to newcomer Joan Rudd who shared her art and made cotton candy. This event would not be possible if not for John Miner, Principal of Decatur/A2 Elementary School who has graciously hosted this event since its inception 4 years ago.
This event is intended to bring the community together and this year’s event was more meaningful as people gathered to mourn the loss of Decatur/AE2 Elementary School Librarian, Mary Cooper, and her daughter Susanna Stodden.