Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: September 27, 2004

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: September 27, 2004

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When the stars come out Thursday night they won't be just over Bricktown. They'll be right down on street level. We're talking, of course, about the gala opening of the new Harkins Theatres which will feature the premiere of the film, Black Cloud, and the actors staring in the movie.

Written, produced and directed by Rick Schroder, who also is in the film, Black Cloud also features Eddie Spears, Russell Means, Julia Jones and Tim McGraw and some of those celebs will be here, too.

The festive opening party, with the theme, Black Cloud Silver Lining, will benefit The Children's Center in Bethany, which is seeking $4 million to fund a new wing dedicated to intense rehab for children who have experienced traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and other disabling illnesses or injuries.

This private, nonprofit hospital has come so far since its founding 100 years, ago. I remember years ago when, as a provisional member of Junior Hospitality Club, my training included going to the Children's Center to help with monthly birthday parties. It was a dark, dim and dismal place. Today, thanks to volunteers who've worked hard at raising the money, the facility is new, airy and colorful, thanks to financial help from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Wanda Swisher, gala co-chair with Rita Moore and Lela Sullivan, said more than 800 people are expected for the gala premiere, which will begin with cocktails at 6:30, moments with the stars at 7:30 p.m. and the movie premiere at 8:30 p.m. An auction is planned at which guests may bid on the opportunity to be a guest with television star Mark Harmon in an episode of CBS' series, Navy NCIS, or a walk-on part in the western movie, The Wife Principle, to be produced next year by Rick Schroder or a speaking role for a child in a local television commercial. Individual reservations for the gala are $150 each.

As with all galas and benefits, major donors contribute major funds. In the top category of Movie Mogul are Americrest Bank, Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma Sports Science and Orthopaedics and the Payne Family. In the Filmmaker category are Eskridge Lexus, Love's Travel Stops on behalf of Greg and Becky Love and Debbie South and John Yoeckel. …

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