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ROBIN WILLIAMS MOVIE MARATHON EVENT REMEMBERS A COMEDY GIANT
In memory of the beloved Robin Williams, Unity of Fredericksburg will host a movie marathon Saturday, bringing the community together to not only laugh at the late comic’s acting but also learn about mental health awareness.
Beginning Saturday afternoon and stretching into the night, community members of all ages can gather in the church sanctuary to enjoy three Williams flicks: “Aladdin,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Awakenings.”
The movies are suitable for all ages, beginning with the most kid-friendly, “Aladdin,” at 3 p.m., continuing with the witty “Mrs. Doubtfire” at 5 p.m. and ending with the Robert De Niro co-starred drama “Awakenings” at 7:30 p.m.
After a half-hour break between films, three local mental health organizations will each give a 10-minute presentation about the services they offer and how others can help.
The three groups joining the event are Mental Health America of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Counseling Services and Recovery in Motion.
Eileen Owen, who organizes monthly movie showings at Unity, said she trusts attendees will get what they need from the local mental health organizations and hopefully start a conversation around depression, a topic viewed too often as taboo.
“My goal, my hope is that if just one person gets the info they need for themselves or to help another person, then I truly believe it’s a success,” she said.
The event honors Robin Williams’ “genius” through his movies, all while celebrating his life.
Free refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon, including popcorn and drinks. Later in the evening hot food will be provided.
Donations will be accepted, and all proceeds will go toward the participating mental health organizations.
Regina Weiss 540/374-5444
What: Remembering Robin Williams Movie Marathon and Mental Health Awareness Event
When: Saturday, Aug. 30, 3–10:30 p.m.
Where: Unity of Fredericksburg, 2217 Princess Anne St., Suites 101 and 101–1A
Info: Unity of Fredericksburg, 540/654-5305; facebook.com/events/1465067587080256