Exclusive Alpena Screening of Jumanji: The Next Level Will Benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program

Tickets on sale now for sneak-peek on Dec. 10

ALPENA, Mich. (Oct. 23, 2019) – Hospice patients in northeast Michigan will benefit from A-list Hollywood heroes when Hospice of Michigan hosts an exclusive screening of Jumanji: The Next Level at AMC Classic State 3 Theater in Alpena, in support of Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access program.

Tickets for the cinematic sneak-peek on Tuesday, Dec. 10 are on sale now for $50 and are available at jumanji4anchors.com. Admission for the event includes one ticket to the film, along with a soft drink, popcorn and access to a pre-movie reception at Art in the Loft, located at 109 N. 2nd Ave. #300 in Alpena, beginning at 5 p.m. Doors at AMC Classic State 3 Theater, 206 N. 2nd Ave. in Alpena, open at 6:30, and the exclusive screening begins at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program. Open Access is Hospice of Michigan’s commitment to care for anyone who needs or seeks our 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 any age.

The Alpena screening is made possible through the longtime friendship Hospice of Michigan enjoys with Jumanji’s world-renowned children’s author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. Along with his wife, Lisa, both Michigan natives, the Van Allsburgs have long supported pediatric care initiatives such as Hospice of Michigan’s Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. The exclusive Alpena screening of Jumanji: The Next Level is one of four Hospice of Michigan is hosting around the state the week of Dec. 8 before the nationwide release. Screening events are also scheduled for Grand Rapids, Royal Oak and Traverse City.

“Hospice of Michigan relies on our supporters throughout the year to enable us to provide the specialized treatment so many of our patients require, particularly those with the most complex cases,” said Bob Cahill, Hospice of Michigan president and CEO. “This includes not only adults, but also pediatric patients, who require the resources and special training that our Anchors Programs for Children provides. We are grateful Chris and Lisa Van Allsburg have been such tremendous supporters of our not-for-profit over the years, and their generosity has helped us increase Hospice of Michigan’s visibility and support across the state so we can continue to offer vital care to everyone who needs it.”

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’ 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 about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Krajniak at 989.358.4291 or mkrajniak@hom.org. You can also find more information here.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Jumanji Film Preview
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.