Good Shepherd takes kids to see ‘Black Panther’
Charity group raises money for movie tickets online
Kids from low-income families in Brooklyn got the chance to see “Black Panther” for free thanks to a nonprofit organization that raised money to buy tickets to enable the youngsters take in the Hollywood blockbuster in all of its cinematic glory.
Good Shepherd Services sponsored a screening of the superhero action movie for 520 children and teenagers who take part in programs the organizations runs.
The crowd of 520 kids included 180 youngsters from Brooklyn, according to Good Shepherd Services.
For many of the young fans, it was their first time seeing the movie phenomenon that is setting box office records all over the world. The movie, which was released in February, has won praise from critics and audiences alike for its depiction of a black superhero.
Sister Paulette LoMonaco, executive director of Good Shepherd Services, said “Black Panther” offers more that just a rollicking good time.
“Good Shepherd’s mission is to help children see what they can be and that’s exactly what ‘Black Panther’ does,” LoMonaco said in a statement. “Opportunities like this are unforgettable to the children we work with, many of whom have never before had the opportunity to see themselves reflected in a big-screen superhero. We are grateful for the outpouring of community support that helped hundreds of children access this powerful and enriching movie experience.”
The Good Shepherd-sponsored trip to the movies took place last week.
CNN reported on Sunday that “Black Panther” has surpassed “Titanic” in ticket sales and is now third on the list of the highest-grossing movies of all time in North America, behind only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avatar.”
To date, “Black Panther” has grossed $665.4 million in North America and $1.3 billion worldwide, CNN reported.
The movie, which stars Chadwick Boseman, was produced Disney and Marvel Studios.
Officials from Good Shepherd Services were eager to have kids enrolled in their programs get the chance to see the movie that everyone is talking about.
Good Shepherd Services conducted a fundraising drive to raise the money to purchase the tickets to enable the kids to see “Black Panther” at select theaters around the city.
The organization raised an impressive $3,400 through a campaign on the fundraising website www.crowdrise.com.
Good Shepherd Services, which was incorporated in 1947 and is inspired by the work done by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, a Catholic religious order, is headquartered at 305 Seventh Ave. in Manhattan.
The nonprofit organization offers more than 80 different types of services, including educational programs, after-school activities, housing and youth justice programs to more than 30,000 residents of low-income neighborhoods throughout New York City.
The mission of Good Shepherd Services is to help participants succeed in school and in their communities, according to the organization’s leaders.
For more information, visit www.goodshepherds.org.
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