enefit for the Parkinson's Center of Oregon
city of roses, Portland Oregon, welcomed me to the screening of It's a Wonderful
Life at another wonderful historical theatre. The Hollywood Theatre is still
a grand old dame trying to hold on to her beauty and grace.
screening was a benefit for the Parkinson's Center of Oregon. It is the only facility
of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Parkinson's Disease is a progressive degenerative
disorder affecting one of the regions of the brain controlling movement. A number
of people in the public eye have Parkinson's disease, including Mohammed Ali,
Billy Graham, Michael J. Fox, Janet Reno and Johnny Cash. There is an estimated
1,500,000 people afflicted in the United States alone. There is presently NO cure
or prevention of Parkinson's disease.
event was a complete success. The response was standing room only and a wonderful
opportunity for everyone to view IAWL on the big screen. I feel so privileged
to have had the opportunity to meet so many fans of the film as well as people
who just want to help their fellow man.
was just informed that not only did we raise funds for the Center
but there was also a very generous donation to the restoration of
the Hollywood Theatre. The magic of the evening enveloped all of
us in the spirit of one of the main messages of the movie, "that
each man's life touches another."