Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Far Away from Hollywood, Children Benefit from Golden Globes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Far Away from Hollywood, Children Benefit from Golden Globes

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LOS ANGELES * Nine-year-old Adalyn Ficken snuggled next to her dad in the reclining movie-theater seats, clutching a teddy bear in one hand and a cup of popcorn in the other, waiting for the film to start.

A pudgy 5-year-old boy tugging an IV pole behind him raced into the theater, his mom rushing up behind him. Some of the moviegoers wore hospital gowns or arrived in wheelchairs.

Far away from the starry happenings around Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, this Lollipop Theater Network screening of "Ferdinand" at a local children's hospital is among hundreds of films made possible by the profitability of the annual awards show. While stars may consider the show an opportunity to swig Champagne and socialize with their well-dressed pals, nonprofit groups see the Globes as a source of much-needed financial support.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been sharing spoils from the Globes' international broadcast with arts-oriented nonprofits for 30 years. With the millions of dollars in licensing fees NBC pays annually to air the show, the press association has sponsored scholarships and film restoration, provided equipment and training for aspiring filmmakers and funded scores of screenings at schools, museums and hospitals.

As a nonprofit itself, "supporting the things we think are important is part of the HFPA's mandate," said Meher Tatna, the organization's president.

The press group has given almost $30 million to date, including $2.8 million in grants presented at a star-studded banquet in August. Among the recipients for the past dozen years is the Lollipop Theater Network, which brings first-run films and other entertainment events to children's hospitals across the country. The press association gave the group $20,000 in 2016 and 2017.

Those funds have allowed for 180 Lollipop Theater screenings in Southern California, including the recent showing of "Ferdinand" at Children's Hospital Orange County, according to executive director Evelyn Iocolano. With screenings every few weeks, patients, siblings and parents are invited to watch the film in the hospital's dedicated theater, where they could munch on popcorn and frozen yogurt from a free snack bar, or enjoy movies from the privacy of their hospital rooms. …

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