Inspiring Girls: "Hidden Figures"

$1,836 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 36 people in 28 months
This fundraiser has evolved and now we're ready to launch Phase 2!

This June, the State Theatre can do a second-run showing of Hidden Figures, inspiring a whopping 571 people all at once!

We only need to raise $400 to secure our date in June! That breaks down to approximately:

$0.70 per seat
$9 for half a row of seats
$18 for a row of 27 seats
$100 for an entire section

We still plan to buy books after the theatre deposit is secured, so remember:

$5 buys a book

As always, thank you for making this project possible and impacting the lives of local young people!

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Update: January 29, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of everyone involved in this project, we were able to buy-out the entire 1:00 pm screening of Hidden Figures at the College 9 Theatre in State College! All 82 seats were purchased and girls from all over Centre County were in attendance, thanks to the efforts of:

Discovery Space
Youth Service Bureau
YMCA - Moshannon Valley
Centre County Women's Resource Center
Girl Scouts

Any many other volunteers!

Nittany Entertainment and the entire Stoner Family were on hand to bedazzle the event with pink uplighting and even a red carpet!

Girls wrote that when they grew up, they wanted to become teachers, artists, forensic anthropologists, astronauts, inventors, veterinarians, architects, scientists, and pop stars.

Here are a few other thoughts that the girls shared after seeing Hidden Figures today:

“It was inspiring how Mary Jackson pursued being an engineer against all odds, and pioneered education.”


“It was an inspiration to me to learn that women played a vital role in the beginning of our country’s space program.”


“I like how the movie highlighted the importance of teamwork and working together to empower women.”


“Thank you!!”


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January 14, 2017

Want to inspire local girls to pursue their dreams in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics) fields?  Want to share the message that we are stronger together, that there are no limits to what we can achieve, and that there is more we should include in our history books?

This fundraiser draws its inspiration from a 13 year old aspiring astronaut in Florida, Taylor Richardson , who wants to send more girls in her area to see the movie Hidden Figures and give them a copy of the book.

Here in Centre County, Pennsylvania, this fundraiser will seek similar goals.  Funds raised will go toward:

* Tickets for local girls to attend screenings of Hidden Figures

Book copies of Hidden Figures to be purchased

Think about the movies, books, and historical figures that inspired you and have stayed in your mind throughout your life.  It's time to pass that experience on to the next generation.

$5 will cover the cost of book 
$8 will cover the cost of a movie ticket
$40 will buy half a row of movie seats
$80 will buy an entire row of movie seats

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Please stay tuned as we confirm our non-profit partners, libraries, and the participating school districts.

Thank you!
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DreamFest 2017: Hidden Figures

Blog: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dreamfest-hosts-free-inspirational-event-200-students-irene-miller

Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/irene.miller.733/media_set?set=a.888529144943.1073741843.163200006&type=3

WPSU Story: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/free-movie-aims-empower-state-college-girls

It was a day to dream big as over 200 community members attended a free screening of the award-winning film Hidden Figures at The State Theatre, arriving early for pre-event activities that included completing “missions” and meeting influential women in Centre County.

“It’s important to keep dreaming, but to also meet people around you who are living their dreams. It makes the idea of a role model and dream job that much more tangible,” explained Irene Miller, organizer behind DreamFest 2017.

Attendees met a county judge, computer programmer, graphic designer, township manager, school board chair, police officer, business woman, and real estate developer – all females living and working in Centre County.

“I spent my Saturday afternoon participating in this great event,” noted Amy Farkas, Harris Township Manager. “I loved talking to all of the kids about their dreams and sharing my story with them. I left the event uplifted and moved at what great young people we have in this community.”

The Girls Scouts were on hand to guide attendees through STEM-related activities. The Jana Marie Foundation also had a table, providing mindful coloring activities that can help give anyone a much needed mental break.

Attendees were charged with missions to find someone who could teach them a new word, who was born outside of Pennsylvania, who had travelled overseas, who was in charge of a team, who had started a company, who had negotiated their salary or a raise, and other real-world scenarios that help grow individuals in their personal and professional pursuits.

They also took time to reflect on what their dream jobs are, who their role models are, and what motivational quotes keep them moving forward.

Dream jobs: NASA researcher, climatologist, veterinarian, engineer, nurse, doctor, structural engineer, building robots, reproductive physiology, astronomer, scientist, teacher, video game designer, astrophysicist, journalist, microbiologist, immunologist, mathematician, pop star, actress, ballerina, singer, model, agent of change, and world traveler.

Role models: Marie Curie, Rachel Maddow, Mae Jemison, Sheryl Sandberg, Fred Rogers, Megan Trainor, Michael Phelps, Julia Child, Oprah Winfrey, Rosa Parks, Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Sydney Bristow, Sarah Koenig, Eugenie Clark, John von Neumann, Nettie Stevens, physics teacher, Star Sharp, mom, dad, and older sister.

After completing a mission, attendees could choose a prize: inspirational wristbands, bookmarks, and books. The book selection was varied to accommodate all ages, with acclaimed young adult titles like Matilda, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Hidden Figures. There were also many biographies and autobiographies of women who have made their mark in history and culture.

Although the idea was originally conceived to inspire young girls, it had broad appeal and attracted a wide audience. The audience members consisted of about 25% men and about 50% adults. Students – from pre-school through college – were in attendance and came from areas like State College Area School District, Bald Eagle Area School District, Bellefonte Area School District, and Tyrone. The Penn State Millennium Scholars were also in attendance. And, the summer event also attracted visitors from Harrisburg, Erie, Exeter, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia, as well as Middleburg, Virginia and Rochester, New York!

The first, free screening of Hidden Figures was held in January at The College 9 in an 82-seat venue. Afterwards, the idea for a second, bigger screening and event combination took hold and resulted in Saturday’s DreamFest 2017 event.

“Both of these events were completely funded through a GoFundMe page, which was supported by about 35 generous donors who raised $1,700 together,” added Miller. “There were also several community volunteers who helped execute each of the events – decorating, greeting, facilitating, and being an absolute critical part of the success of these events!”

The initial idea for these free and inspirational events was borrowed from Taylor Richardson, also known as “Astronaut Starbright,” a 13-year old from Jacksonville, Florida. Richardson, an aspiring astronaut, began a crowd-funding campaign to show Hidden Figures to other girls in her community. The idea caught on, spawning dozens of similar fundraisers and events across the country.

“Taylor and her mom have been wonderful supporters of the State College events,” added Miller, who connected with Latonja Richardson through social media. “Taylor and Zena Cardman are wonderful examples of real-life women working towards their dreams!”

Stay tuned for information about DreamFest 2018.
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Shout-out from Astronaut StarBright!

You can join 200 people at this fun, FREE, and inspirational event on Saturday!

Showtime is 3 pm, or come early for pre-event fun, food, and fierce females beginning at 1:30 pm: Saturday, June 24th at The State Theatre!

RSVP to see Hidden Figures: http://bit.ly/dream624

Pre-event people you don't want to miss include local judge, local township manager, local real estate developer, local business owner, computer engineer, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania - STEM, and Jana Marie Foundation - just to name a few! Plus, cupcakes by Dolce Vita Desserts!

Thanks again to all the GoFundMe donors for making this free, public event possible!

New video: https://lnkd.in/dqXVQT8
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Video: https://www.facebook.com/irene.miller.733/videos/887273107053/

Last call to join 175+ people at this fun, free, and inspirational event on Saturday!

Showtime is 3 pm, or come early for pre-event fun, food, and fierce females beginning at 1:30 pm: Saturday, June 24th at The State Theatre!

RSVP to see Hidden Figures: http://bit.ly/dream624

Pre-event people you don't want to miss include local judge, local township manager, local real estate developer, local business owner, computer engineer, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania - STEM, and Jana Marie Foundation - just to name a few! Plus, cupcakes by Dolce Vita Desserts!

Thanks again to all the GoFundMe donors for making this free, public event possible!
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Latonja S Richardson
27 months ago

Congratulations on a successful event! Like you I truly enjoyed the movie was inspired to get as many girls and now boys to see it. Please keep up the good work! Like Taraji said "we are already there" Dream Big, Inspire and Take off! Taylor aka Astronaut StarBright Mars Generation Student Space Ambassador

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PV
$20
Philip Vonada
23 months ago
BG
$150
Blake and Linda Gall
23 months ago
AW
$50
Alice Wilson
23 months ago
CR
$116
Carrie Ryan
24 months ago (Offline Donation)
BM
$405
Ben Meycalf
26 months ago
AM
$50
Amber Miller
26 months ago

Amazing idea to inspire the next generation.

SH
$25
Stephen Van Hook
26 months ago

A wonderful movie - a great idea to use it to inspire the next generation in STEM!

MW
$18
Morgan Wasikonis
27 months ago
AB
$20
Alyssa Bienus
27 months ago
$100
Latonja Richardson
27 months ago

Shoot for the stars and beyond! Taylor and Mom

Latonja S Richardson
27 months ago

Congratulations on a successful event! Like you I truly enjoyed the movie was inspired to get as many girls and now boys to see it. Please keep up the good work! Like Taraji said "we are already there" Dream Big, Inspire and Take off! Taylor aka Astronaut StarBright Mars Generation Student Space Ambassador

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