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‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ screening to benefit Hospice Tuesday

Tickets still available for special screening prior to public release

Courtesy Photo Hospice representatives gather under the marquee at Alpena’s AMC State Theater promoting the release of “Jumanji: The Next Level,” showing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a special screening for ticket holders, with proceeds to benefit Hospice. Pictured from left to right are Wendy Servia, Sheri Reynolds, Kelly Webb, Karen Wagner, Mary Jo Jackson, Sandi Purol, Stacy Malenfant, Alison Jakubcin, Steve Jakubcin, Kali Smith and Melissa Krajniak.

ALPENA — The exclusive Alpena screening of “Jumanji: The Next Level” will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at AMC State Theater, days before the national release of the film on Friday, Dec. 13.

The event is one of four screenings Hospice of Michigan is hosting around the state before the nationwide release. Screenings events are also scheduled for Grand Rapids, Royal Oak and Traverse City.

The Alpena event will start with a Pre Glow at 5 p.m. at Art in the Loft. Tickets are $50 apiece and include one drink, appetizers, and desserts at the Pre Glow, and one movie ticket, pop and popcorn at the movie theater. Tickets can be purchased at www.jumanji4anchors.com or people can stop into the Hospice office located in the Harborside Mall. Tickets are available now until 5 p.m. Monday.

During the Pre Glow, guests will enjoy appetizers and Steve Jakubcin will do a short presentation to show guests what Hospice of Michigan does in our community.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at AMC so guests can make their way over to get their pop and popcorn and be seated by 7 p.m. for the start of the movie.

Adapted from the 1981 children’s book written and illustrated by Caldecott author Chris Van Allsburg, “Jumanji: The Next Level” is directed by Michigan native Jake Kasdan and stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas and Karen Gillan. In “Jumanji: The Next Level,” the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

Funds raised during the event will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program which is a commitment to care for anyone who needs or seeks Hospice care regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay. As the state’s original not-for-profit hospice, Hospice of Michigan is one of the very few hospice organizations that has the training and expertise to care for everyone — from infants to adults of all ages.

The Alpena screening is made possible through the longtime friendship Hospice of Michigan enjoys with world-renowned “Jumanji” children’s author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. Chris and his wife Lisa are both Michigan natives who have long supported pediatric care initiatives such as Hospice of Michigan’s Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. For more than a decade the Van Allsburgs have partnered with Hospice of Michigan in hosting exclusive fundraising screenings in their home state of the film versions of Chris’s classic children’s books including “Zathura,” “The Polar Express,” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Past events have generated more than $1.7 million for Anchors Programs for Children.

The Alpena fundraiser is supported by a sponsorship from Besser. For more information, contact Melissa Krajniak at 989-358-4291 or mkrajniak@hom.org.

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