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Kendall Fischer, Park Record intern

"Happy Feet," Warner Bros.’ upbeat, new family movie will have its national premiere right here, in Park City, this Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts. You could wait until Friday and just take your child to the movie for five bucks, but then you would miss out on the Evening of Winter Wonder, organized by the Park City Education Foundation (PCEF).

"Children come to this event every year with high expectations," says Carri Gibbs-Luse, the PCEF board member in charge of the event. She promises that this will indeed be a "special evening of entertainment."

The charming movie does not come out until Friday in the rest of the country, but Warner Brothers has generously donated the only national premiere of Happy Feet to the Park City Education Foundation in support of its fundraising for local education. Happy Feet, which is rated PG, is a family-geared movie about a penguin who cannot speak and must dance in order to communicate.

Attendees will enter the transformed, snow cave entrance of the Eccles lobby, where they will encounter 18-foot tall icicles and a huge ice sculpture. Refreshments will be served, and there will be giveaways.

Live entertainment and audience-interactive fun will be provided on the Eccles stage by penguins from the Park City High School Dance Company. Then the movie will premiere on the big screen of the Eccles Center.

There has been a lot of coordination throughout the community in order to make this event possible. "There are a host of parent volunteers who have made tremendous contributions," says Carri Gibbs-Luse, mentioning the production designers: Cassandra Lien, Ginny Queri, and Bev Wyble. With the Park City Education Foundation, they have worked hard to plan the wondrous event. Volunteers from the Key Club will also help out with set up and take-down of decorations.

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Proceeds will benefit PCEF which sponsors numerous programs throughout the Park City school district. Such programs include expanded elementary arts programs, full-day kindergarten at all elementary schools, a district math specialist, help for students in grades 6 through 12 who speak little or no English, the I.B. program at Ecker Hill and Treasure Mountain International Middle Schools, a scholarship counselor at Park City High School, and much more. According to their Website, "The Park City Education Foundation promotes and recognizes excellence in Park City Schools." The goal of PCEF is for Park City to "become one of the Top 10 school districts in the United States."

Experience the Evening of Winter Wonder on this Thursday, November 16th. Yes, tickets to this event cost a little more than ordinary tickets to a movie theater. But once you factor in the additional costs of candy, drinks, and the inevitable bucket of popcorn at the movie theater, you might as well spend your money for a good cause the students of Park City. Support the Park City Education Foundation which supports our students.

The Eccles Center has 1,200 seats, and tickets are expected to sell out, so hurry to get them before it’s too late. Purchase tickets at the Eccles box office, all Park City Zions Bank locations, J.W. Allen & Sons Toys in Redstone, or online at http://www.pcef4kids.org/. Ticket prices are $15 for children or students and $30 for adults.