Hidden Figures Movie Screening

$5,925 of $5,800 goal

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Melinda Angeles
on behalf of Leah Lizarondo
 PITTSBURGH, PA
DETAILED UPDATE:  I don't know where to begin since there's so much I want to say! I'm hoping that I included all the necessary details below, but feel free to contact me if you have any other questions about this Hidden Figures event. Thank you, again, for making this event possible!

How was the donated money allocated? Below pie chart illustrates what happened to each dollar donated to the campaign.  Fortunately, all of the participants had their own transportation to and from the venue so no money was allocated there.

In addition to the $5,925 in donations, I purchased eight orginal and eight Young Reader editions of Hidden Figures to raffle off after the movie ($175) and matched the $157.40 donation for 412 Food Rescue because of their monumental assistance with the logistics for this event. The costs were kept low due to SouthSide Works Cinemas providing discounted admission on both Monday and Tuesday movie screenings and Innovation Works providing printing services for the informative trifolds that were handed out.


Who went? The majority of attendees were students and chaperones identified by Pittsburgh Public Schools. In addition, members of the South Hills Interfaith Movement and Allegheny County Housing Authority attended.

(Kristen Schell Photography)



What happened after the movie? Healthy lunches were distributed to each attendee. (I am so grateful that SouthSide Works Cinema allowed outside food to be distributed and consumed in their theater!) While they ate, 3-4 people from the tech community talked to them about the resources available to them to get started in STEAM, as well as their own experiences in tech.


(Kristen Schell Photography)

Afterwards we raffled off Hidden Figures books, and each attendee could also grab some swag before leaving SouthSide Works (Google lab safety glasses provided by the Children's Museum, pens and pencils from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, stickers and information from 412 Food Rescue, and STEAM resources trifolds funded by Innovation Works).

(Kristen Schell Photography)

(Kristen Schell Photography)


What's amazing is that this event didn't end after everyone left the theater. The excess lunches on Monday and Tuesday that were unclaimed by the attendees were immediately delivered to Bethlehem Haven and the Smithfield United Church Shelter for their clients.  In addition, the leftover swag -- the lab safety glasses -- were distributed to DumpBusters at Allegheny Cleanways and various schools in Allegheny County via WOM and the Education Partnership.


Hopefully you can see that your donation extended much further than a simple movie screening.  Thank you so much for your support!

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CAMPAIGN:  Members of Girl Develop It are raising funds to send about 700 low-income children and chaperones to see the movie Hidden Figures on February 20, 2017 and February 21, 2017, at SouthSide Works Cinema in Pittsburgh.  We would like to be able to cover their admission and concessions. The cost per attendee is $5 for a movie ticket and $2.75 for a 32 oz popcorn, 12 oz fountain drink, and fun-sized Skittles.  In addition, we would like to cover their transportation.  Any excess funds will be donated directly to Girls Who Code, whose mission statement is to close the gender gap in technology.

After the screening, we are planning to host a panel of professionals representing various tech groups in Pittsburgh. Attendees should be able to leave with inspiration from the movie and resources to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) fields.

We are working with Pittsburgh Public Schools and 412 Food Rescue to identify the people who would best take advantage of this opportunity.

It is fitting that this month is also Black History month. Donating to this event is a great way to share this inspirational, transformative story, which can light the fire of focus and interest in the sciences.  

Your donation is transparent. This page will be updated with specifics on where each dollar went after February 21.

If you cannot donate financially and still want to contribute, please spread the word about this event! Feel free to contact us here if you have any recommendations on who should be on the tech panel or if you would like to volunteer your time for the event.

Thank you so much!

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HIDDEN FIGURES is the untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) -- brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. 

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GIRL DEVELOP IT is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development in a judgment-free environment.

Our vision is to create a network of empowered women who feel confident in their abilities to code and build beautiful web and mobile applications. By teaching women around the world from diverse backgrounds to learn software development, we can help women improve their careers and confidence in their everyday lives.

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This GoFundMe is inspired by others who have made similar events like this possible in various cities in the country.
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I just want to express my sincere gratitude to you -- the community of donors and supporters of STEAM. In less than 17 hours I reached my first goal amount for one full screening of Hidden Figures for 267 people. And since then I had increased the goal twice and expanded to four screenings of Hidden Figures over two days, which accommodated 679 students and chaperones from 11 schools in the Pittsburgh Public School system as well as two other organizations serviced by 412 Food Rescue. And we were able to pull it off with 11 eager volunteers and 9 wonderful panelists. I am so grateful for the support from 412 Food Rescue, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Southside Works Cinemas, Innovation Works, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and the Children's Museum. You'd think that an event for almost 700 people would be difficult to coordinate, but these folks helped tremendously with the logistics and donating items for the event. And I would like to thank Kim Lyons from the Trib for seeing GoFundMe link on her Twitter feed and publicizing it.

More details about the event, like the cost breakdown and photos, are included on the Story section of the GoFundMe page.

Thank you, again, for being part of this event by donating!
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We will have this event open to about 700 attendees over two days! Thank you for all the support thus far. I just request one last share to your networks so we make the new fundraising goal. (Currently we are about $1,000 away from meeting it.)

Thank you so much for supporting this cause! You are all awesome!
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I am thrilled that the Trib found out about this event: http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/11921314-74/kids-movie-angeles

I recently increased the goal to accommodate for a second screening, with a total of 415 attendees.

You all made it possible! Thank you!
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I am speechless at how quickly money was raised -- thank you so for your donations! With the overflow, we plan to

1) provide transportation to this event,
2) purchase the Hidden Figures book/engineering kits/educational toys for the young attendees, and/or
3) pay for a second screening of the movie.

Again, thank you so much. If my heart had a face, it would be smiling. --Melinda <3
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Reesa Rosenthal
27 months ago
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Add me to the list too to help out especially with the little ones ( I am a Nanny and can provide current references, etc. What a great thing to treat people to. Awesome idea!!

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Lisa Tamres
27 months ago
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Ok, since you went over goal in 17 hours, is a stretch goal possibly setting up a second screening for more kids?

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Terri Glueck
27 months ago
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I would be happy to volunteer in some way for the event. Please contact me at tglueck(at)innovationworks(dot)org. We probably have a number of folks from Innovation Works who would like to volunteer as well as become more involved with GirlDevelopIt.

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Melinda Angeles
27 months ago

@Reesa -- can you give me your contact info so I can e-mail you? Thanks!

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Melinda Angeles
27 months ago

@Lisa Tamres -- Most definitely! I am talking with my partners now about transportation options, too! @Terri Glueck -- I'll add you to the list and will send out more information closer to the date. Thank you so much for leaving a message! It's great to have your support :-D

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Reesa Rosenthal
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Add me to the list too to help out especially with the little ones ( I am a Nanny and can provide current references, etc. What a great thing to treat people to. Awesome idea!!

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Lisa Tamres
27 months ago
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Ok, since you went over goal in 17 hours, is a stretch goal possibly setting up a second screening for more kids?

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Terri Glueck
27 months ago
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I would be happy to volunteer in some way for the event. Please contact me at tglueck(at)innovationworks(dot)org. We probably have a number of folks from Innovation Works who would like to volunteer as well as become more involved with GirlDevelopIt.

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Melinda Angeles
27 months ago

@Reesa -- can you give me your contact info so I can e-mail you? Thanks!

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Melinda Angeles
27 months ago

@Lisa Tamres -- Most definitely! I am talking with my partners now about transportation options, too! @Terri Glueck -- I'll add you to the list and will send out more information closer to the date. Thank you so much for leaving a message! It's great to have your support :-D

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