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Movie Night: A Story To Remember

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Maryam Magid (left) and Ramya Subramanian (right) learn the mechanics of the popcorn machine as they prepare to serve the movie-goers through a lengthy night.

The perfect atmosphere. The tense excitement that surged through the audience as the movie finally began. The astounding amount of attendees, despite this being the first ever event Unitopia has hosted. Volunteers and families alike powered this dream to become reality, beginning with the perfect bag of popcorn and ending with a powerful speech from the CEO, Aaryan Shah.

On October 12th, Unitopia hosted its first event, Movie Night, from 6PM to 9PM. The event featured a largely known classic, Toy Story, which was a destination for many that had wanted to revisit the original. A snack booth was set up to the side of the main event, while a number of game booths sat on the opposite side.

Mr. Baumgartner (right) has an in-depth discussion with Mr. Abedi (right) about the issue of special education while Askari Abedi (middle) thoughtfully listens.

During the event, Unitopia had the opportunity to meet a variety of families along with their children with learning differences. With the aid of the insightful poster-board lined in the middle of the snack booth, multiple families had signed their child up for the peer-to-peer program. Families were allowed the opportunity to connect with one another and share their experiences, leading to long-lasting bonds that would form over the duration of the event.

The night ended with a smattering of applause and a small speech from Aaryan Shah, thanking all those who had come. Volunteers, although exhausted, were proud of the blood, sweat, and tears they had poured into the event in order to make it possible. As displayed through the success of Movie Night, the amount of passion put into this cause was truly heartwarming.

We at Unitopia hope we can spread this passion throughout our community, touching every individuals' hearts with empathy and compassion for one another. We would also like to thank those who attended the event and the volunteers who had contributed to the preparation and managing.


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