Movie, games for fundraiser
Not everyone is as blessed with cash to blow as Montgomery Brewster, the fictional minor-league pitcher played by Richard Pryor in the 1985 film “Brewster’s Millions.”
In the movie, Monty is tasked by an unlikely rich uncle to spend $30 million in 30 days, so he can earn a fortune of $300 million; he can’t spend it on cars or jewels or houses, but only on things that aren’t an “asset,” that can’t be kept to use and touch after the month is up.
The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania didn’t have $30 million to rain down on the region Thursday night, yet a few lucky people did get the opportunity to grant their favorite nonprofit group or organization funds that should be translated into some aspect of the good – rather than conspicuous consumption of cars or jewels or houses.
The Foundation’s Flick on Brick fundraiser, held at DiSalvo’s, 341 E. Fourth St., raised funds for the Foundation that will help support more endeavors such as “Raise the Region,” held last March, which raised nearly $900,000 in donations for 160 nonprofits, and “Pearls With a Passion,” recently founded by a board of 10 women who will grant at least $10,000 a year out of an endowment of $250,000.
Three attendees played “Grant or No Grant,” a takeoff on Howie Mandel’s “Deal or No Deal” summer game show hit from a few years back. The stakes? $10,000 of Foundation monies for the players’ favorite nonprofit.
In the game, players picked boxes that represented cash amounts. The boxes they picked were eliminated from the board. A “banker” made offers to them of “walk away” cash after each round in exchange for their chance to hit that last lucky number.
Jack Humphrey was the first player. He started out by eliminating the $1,000 and $2,000 boxes on a board with $10,000 available as the highest number.
The offer came in: $2,500.
“May I negotiate with the banker?” Humphrey asked master of ceremonies Glen Smith II.
“His Pirates are losing, so you can’t,” Smith responded.
“I’m going to consult with my banker,” Humphrey said. He whispered with his wife Karen for a moment, and came back to play on.
He next knocked off the Big One: $10,000.
The offer was $2,000.
Humphrey played on, again.
The next offer was $2,400, and Humphrey took that one, earmarking the funds for Liberty House, the temporary housing program for women and children that’s based in the YWCA.
Mike Beiter followed, and though he didn’t catch the rules of the game the first time around – it was noisy in the bar – he was the big winner: he sent $3,900 to the St. Anthony’s Center kitchen.
“I was praying I would make the right choice, and it turns out I did,” Beiter said.
Al Clapps then won $600 for the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, and three numbers were drawn for $1,000.
Valerie Whyman won a grand for the American Red Cross; Dr. David Wascher gave his $1,000 number to the Williamsport Scottish Rite Foundation, and his wife Barbara won the last number. She gave her $1,000 donation to the YWCA.
Monty Brewster spent part of his $30 million running a campaign for New York City mayor candidate “None of the Above.”
It was an “All of the Above” night for nonprofit charities in the Williamsport region.