For those that know me, bringing people together is one of the greatest joys in my life. I love meeting new people, making them feel welcomed, and finding ways to help them make connections with others. As a travel therapist, I've experienced how daunting it is to move to a new place where you don't know anyone, and have learned the value of making connections and getting plugged into new communities.
Recently, I've had the opportunity to join an amazing team of Meet-up organizers. We put together community events for those new in town and for those who are just looking for new friends. Through meet-up, I’ve been able to participate in new, exciting experiences that otherwise, I would not have been able to do. These include: axe throwing, samurai sword lessons, a Tough Mudder race, and even sky diving! As a newcomer to California, this group has given me a sense of belonging I didn’t believe possible and, at the same time, challenged me to step further out of my comfort zone than I ever have before. In the last year, I've had the opportunity to organize many events for the community such as: Lawn Game Mania, Knotical Nonesense, Sunday Run Day, Movie Nights, social hours, and many craft nights.
I can’t begin to explain how thankful I am to be a part of this group. The countless memories we’ve made will hold a special place in my heart for years to come. More than anything, I want to be able to give others the same opportunities given to me. So, I’ve decided to pay it forward and create activities that will bring people together… at a safe distance. Because of the pandemic, I’ve struggled to think of activities that will make everyone feel comfortable participating in while staying 6ft apart. After countless hours of thinking, I’ve decided to start hosting a movie night at the park! There will be plenty of room for anyone to come and safely enjoy watching movies. You’ll be able to bring your own seats and lounge in the park while enjoying quality time with friends, new and old. However, in order to make this a reality, I need your help.
These movie nights will require me to purchase a movie projector and a large, portable screen. I have spent many hours searching for the best quality screen and projector that we would need to successfully host this event. Their combined cost would be $388, after coupons. If you would like to view the movie projector and screen I’ve found, feel free to click on the links below. I am hoping you will consider helping me raise enough money to purchase these. I would be very appreciative of any amount you can spare!
If we make our fundraising goal, I promise to host movies at the park at least once a month, weather permitting. During the month of October, I will also host a weekly “Friday Fright Nights at the Park” where we can watch scary movies and dress up in our Halloween best!
If we do not make our goal, I will purchase a lesser-quality projector and screen within the donation budget. And if we don’t even come close to our goal, I will channel the money back into meet-up events (buying supplies for events such as snacks, crafting materials, etc) and to our yearly subscription to keep the group alive. (Meet-up ain’t free, y’all)
The Projector and screen will belong to the meet-up organizers to be used for a variety of events. (So if I move away, they will stay within the group.)
Again, thank you for your consideration and donations. It means the world to me!
Projector Amazon Link The battery is up to 4 hours - just enough to do a double feature and has the brightest picture for it’s built-in battery.
Screen Amazon Link It is easy to set up/take down and can be bolted into the ground to help withstand these AV winds.
TLDR: I am raising money to purchase a projector and screen so that I can put on community movie nights at the park.
- Hollie Warren
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