Cinema in the Cemetery to feature ‘Minions’

Outdoor movie to support KidzKare programs

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published June 15, 2016

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ROCHESTER HILLS — A cemetery isn’t on the typical list of places to enjoy a fun night out with the family, but Guardian Angel Cemetery is hoping to change that.

This weekend, Guardian Angel Cemetery will host its annual Cinema in the Cemetery event, featuring a showing of the animated hit movie “Minions,” at sundown June 18. If it rains, the movie will be shown at the same time June 19.

“You don’t have to have a connection to Guardian to come watch the movie. Any family can come,” Guardian Angel Cemetery Director Wendy Mann said.

The gate will open at 7 p.m., and families are invited to spread out a blanket or a lawn chair on an undeveloped section of land near the front entrance of the cemetery, located off Rochester Road, and to enjoy dinner or snacks.

“Where we play the movie is on undeveloped land, in the front by the green belt, so it is not close to any burial sections,” she explained.

Light refreshments will be available to families before the movie is shown, usually around 9 p.m., and there will be opportunities for those in attendance to enter drawings for prizes to local businesses. Parking and restroom access are available on-site.

For the fourth consecutive year, the event will serve as a fundraiser for KidzKare, a nonprofit that aims to help children in the area.

KidzKare founder Dr. Jay Mitchell said he was surprised when the cemetery initially approached him to partner on the event.

“The Cinema in the Cemetery was completely their idea, to reach out more to the community to do some family things, fun things, things that you just wouldn’t expect a cemetery to be doing. And it really surprised me, that is for sure. But it has been a big hit,” he said.

A minimum donation of $5 per car is recommended to help support KidzKare, which will have volunteers on hand during the event to educate the public more about its efforts to feed low-income families in the area.

One of KidzKare’s many programs is Raising Rochester, which creates and manages urban gardens as a way to help provide healthy vegetables to low-income families.

Mitchell said funding raised from the event will go toward expanding and continuing the Raising Rochester program. In the first three years that Cinema in the Cemetery was held to support KidzKare’s Raising Rochester program, more than $3,000 was raised.

For more information about volunteering with Raising Rochester, email volunteer@raisingrochester.net or visit raisingrochester.net.

Guardian Angel Cemetery is located on Rochester Road, at Snell Road. For more information, call (248) 601-2900.

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