Solid Ground declines ‘O Brother’ benefit

Solid Ground has chosen to decline accepting funds raised during the Fremont Outdoor Cinema showing of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” on Saturday, July 21. While the film has received artistic acclaim for its recreation of a specific aspect of American history and culture, it contains many negative depictions of people of color and stereotypes that perpetuate racism and are damaging and insulting. We are grateful for the ongoing support of our committed partners, the CoHo Group of Windermere Agents and the Fremont Outdoor Cinema, and look forward to working with them to find a more suitable venue to serve as a benefit for Solid Ground.

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Stay tuned… Fremont Outdoor Movies to benefit Solid Ground

7/12/12 Post Update:
Solid Ground has chosen to decline accepting funds raised during the Fremont Outdoor Cinema showing of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” While the film has received artistic acclaim for its recreation of a specific aspect of American history and culture, it contains many negative depictions of people of color and stereotypes that perpetuate racism and are damaging and insulting. We are grateful for the ongoing support of our committed partners, the CoHo Group of Windermere Agents and the Fremont Outdoor Cinema, and look forward to working with them to find a more suitable venue to serve as a benefit for Solid Ground.

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Original Post: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” to benefit Solid Ground

On July 21 at dusk, the Fremont Outdoor Movies will show “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” to raise funds for Solid Ground. Proceeds from the door and donations will be matched up to a total of $10,000 by the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents!

“O Brother” is the Coen brothers’ classic that sparked the old time music revival. The cast is amazing, featuring stars like George Clooney, Chris Thomas King, John Turturro and John Goodman. The musicians are royalty: Ralph Stanley, Emmy Lou Harris, Norman Blake, Alison Krauss and many more. Their talent is only exceeded by the CoHo Team and Fremont Outdoor Movies’ passion and commitment to a partnership that since 2004 has raised more than $70,000 to support Solid Ground’s work to help people get the firm foundation they need to exit poverty and realize their dreams.

So come on down to Fremont at Phinney Ave and 35th Ave N by dusk on the July 21 to join in the fun and the fundraising. See you there!

For more information, visit Solid Ground’s web calendar.

Thank you for making the Fremont Outdoor Movies event a HUGE success!

Moviegoers, hands full of blankets and lawn chairs, began lining up to snag a good spot in the parking lot on 35th and Phinney at 6 PM on Saturday July 10. By the time the gates opened, the line was snaking down the sidewalk and around the block. Together this group of Ghostbusters fans raised $3,360, 50% more than last year! And it gets better, the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents matched this incredible amount, which means the Fremont Outdoor Movies on Saturday night raised a grand total of $7,000! This will all go directly to Solid Ground’s Family Shelter – which provides long-term and short-term emergency shelter as well as case management services to homeless families in the Seattle area.

Solid Ground volunteers: greet folks at Ghostbusters

Solid Ground volunteers greet folks at Ghostbusters

Family Shelter’s primary goal is to help families find more permanent housing. In 2009 the Family Shelter program temporarily housed 105 families through the enhanced and voucher programs. Roughly 60% of the 374 individuals served through Family Shelter in 2009 were children under the age of 18. Tamara Brown, the Solid Ground’s acting Housing Director, stated that, “we continue to be amazed at the abundant giving from the Fremont community each year – and we are thankful for such caring, generous neighbors.”

“Our team has been supporters of Solid Ground through the Fremont Outdoor Movies event and done several projects about emergency housing over the last six years,” said Tonya Hennen of the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents. “We love working with Solid Ground because we feel that as an organization it offers such a wide umbrella of services to assist those with many kinds of needs on its mission to eradicate poverty, including a focus around housing access which the CoHo Team particularly supports.”

The success of this event would not have been possible without the tremendous efforts of the Fremont Outdoor Movies and the CoHo Team. Fremont Outdoor Movies Event Producer, Ryan Reiter perfectly described the atmosphere as “fun and laid back. Everyone loves movies and it is a great way to help create change within our community; it continues to be a huge success and we are proud to be a big part of that.” As the MC of the night, Reiter provided entertainment until the movie began with games and trivia, adding to the fun atmosphere of the event.

A special thanks to the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents and the Fremont Outdoor Movies. And thank you to everyone who participated in the event and made it such a huge success!

folks at the movie

Who you gonna call? CoHo Team and Fremont Outdoor Movies!

Double your support for the Family Shelter by watching Ghostbusters this Saturday

Cool: Come watch a classic filmGhostbusters logo, enjoy the beautiful Seattle summer, and help raise funds for Solid Ground’s Family Shelter program at the Fremont Outdoor Movies on Saturday, July 10th. Family Shelter provides short-term and long-term emergency shelter for families with children under the age of 18. This Saturday’s movie will be the classic comedy/fantasy film, Ghostbusters.

The CoHo Team of Windermere real estate agents is generously sponsoring this annual benefit at the Fremont Outdoor Movies “theater.” Donations will be matched – dollar for dollar – by the CoHo Team. All donations made at the door (or before the event online: type “CoHo Team” in the additional information section of our online donation form) will go to Solid Ground and be matched by the CoHo Team. And while the suggested donation is $5, there is no limit to what you can give!

Fremont Outdoor Movie posterSo come get some laughs and some good karma on Saturday, July 10th at the Fremont Outdoor Movies in the parking lot on N 35th & Phinney Ave.

Questions? Email annar@solid-ground.org or call 206.694.6857.

We can’t wait to see you there!

If this blog didn’t motivate you, check out a trailer for Ghostbusters:

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