July 4th movie event raised dollars for Tucson Pops Orchestra

MC Charles Heller introduces “The Buccaneer” at a July 4th showing in Tucson. Photo by Sally Reichardt / SoAzNewsX Photo Editor

By SoAzNewsX

Southern Arizona News-Examiner contributor Charles Heller and SANE Publisher Emil Franzi were partners in promoting a movie for the Fourth of July for many years.

This was the first movie event that Emil Franzi missed because he passed away on June 7. Movie-goers also saw a poster of Franzi taken from a Tucson Weekly cover shortly after he died. That poster was taken by Pete Schlegel, Board Member of the Pima County Republican Club, where it will be displayed for all to see.

The movie, “The Buccaneer”, attracted just over 150 people.  The event benefited the Tucson Pops Orchestra.

One of the features of the July 4th movie was a raffle and this year was no different. A muzzle loader rifle was raffled off and won by a young lady who then donated it back to the Tucson Pops.

In addition to the muzzle loader, the Field Support Team awarded a classic Winchester Model 12 in 20 gauge, made in 1928, a 20 gauge Harrington and Richardson single shot, and Mossberg Home Security .410 gauge.

In all, $625 was raised for the Tucson Pops Orchestra.

The movie next year will be, “Man Without A Country”, a short story by American writer Edward Everett Hale, first published in The Atlantic in December 1863. The 1973 movie stars Cliff Robertson and Beau Bridges.

The movie will  be shown at the University Park Hotel in Tucson.



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