We are delighted to announce that our 17th Annual Woodley House Movie Benefit will present Walt Disney Pictures’ Washington, DC premiere of Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks! This is the true, behind-the-scenes story of Walt Disney’s 20 year campaign to win the movie rights to the children’s classic book, ‘Mary Poppins’. The curmudgeonly author, P.L. Travers, (Emma Thompson) was extremely reluctant to let the Hollywood machine get its hands on her beloved magical nanny. Against the very persistent efforts of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), she finally relents and thus begins the real struggle of wills to see it through! This film has received rave ‘pre-reviews’ and also stars Colin Farrell, Bradley Whitford and Paul Giamatti.
The Movie Benefit is Woodley House’s one major fundraiser of the year and all funds raised go directly to our programs to help local residents with mental health problems reclaim their lives and reach their personal goals for greater independence. This event was started in 1996 by Mary Margaret and Jack Valenti who introduced the first Woodley House Movie Benefit with a special advance screening of Titanic.It was so well received that it has become an annual tradition for the past 17 years.
Acclaimed journalist Jim Lehrer will be this year’s Master of Ceremonies and he will present the Woodley House Donald A. Brown ‘Rose Award’ to Catherine P. May, MD for her leadership in the DC mental health community and dedication to ensuring quality mental healthcare for DC residents.
This annual event is the perfect way to begin the holiday season for hundreds of Washingtonians who look forward to ‘dinner and a movie’ for Woodley House each year! For further information about the event and to purchase tickets, either click on the Movie Benefit Slide on our home page or click the link below … but save Wednesday, December 11, 2013 for a wonderful event to support a great cause! If you have any questions, please contact Linda Meixner at Woodley House, 202-506-3102, or firstname.lastname@example.org.