On June 17, 2019 SEFCU joined area business leaders and the Mayor of Albany Kathy Sheehan to announce the Summer in the City movie lineup at the Palace Theatre in Downtown Albany.
“For the fifth season in a row, the Palace will provide free summer movies, open to the public every Tuesday afternoon during the months of July and August. Thanks to this program, more than 8,000 families and children participated in this program last year,” said Billy Piskutz, Managing Director for the Palace Performing Arts Center.
SEFCU’s financial support comes in the form of a $25,000 grant to be the premier sponsor in funding the eight-week movie series. Additionally, eight iPads were purchased by SEFCU that will be up for grabs for one lucky kid in attendance to win each week. Volunteer support is also a critical element of this program’s success and SEFCU’s staff will be on hand each Tuesday to engage with the youth.
“SEFCU continues to be a proud supporter of the Summer in the City movie series at the Palace Theatre. This partnership allows us to give children from the City of Albany the opportunity to enjoy the magic of the movies, which will undoubtedly spark their imaginations and interest in the arts,” said SEFCU President and CEO Michael Castellana. “As they soak in the epic adventures and life lessons being shared on the big screen, and imagine themselves as the heroic characters in the stories, I also hope the children will come to understand that they too have the potential to be part of something bigger than themselves simply by making a positive impact on others – now, and as they grow.”
“Without the support of our corporate partners like SEFCU, we would not be able to provide our community with free and safe opportunities while school is out for the summer,” Piskutz continued. “Our sponsors are essential to our success in our ability to give and provide free, low-cost programming to support the underserved in the City of Albany.”
“When we have partners like SEFCU really leading the way to provide this incredible opportunity for our young people, it speaks volumes,” said Mayor Sheehan. “It’s not just about the movies, it’s all about the volunteer time and the work done with the kids to ensure our kids are developing throughout the summer in a really fun environment with free popcorn.”
“We moved downtown to make a difference in the city of Albany,” said SEFCU’s Chief Community Officer Kathy Lanni. “We want them to have every opportunity that we can provide for them to take them to the movies, which gets them out of the heat. To see these youth have that excitement in their eyes as they come into this beautiful place is something we are so proud to support.”
For all events, doors open at noon for educational activities; movies begin at 1 p.m. The full list of movies can be found on the Palace Theatre website at http://www.palacealbany.org/