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‘Dark Shadows’ fundraiser for youth group is June 26

The Friday Night Crew youth group invites fans of Johnny Depp and “Dark Shadows” to dress in their finest “vamp-attire” and join them for a Movie Night & Costume Party, 7-10 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, at the Thelma Parker Memorial Library.

Directed by Tim Burton, “Dark Shadows,” rated PG-13, stars Michelle Pfieffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp as the romantic vampire Barnabus Collins. In the new movie version of the classic TV hit, Barnabus returns to Collinwood Manor to find dysfunctional descendants in dire need of his protection.

“The youth wanted a way to raise money that would be different, so they came up with a cool and unique concept,” said Beth Mehau, executive director of The Pantry (of which Friday Night Crew is a component). The Friday Night Crew coalition is a collaboration of youth and adult organizations for the purpose of prevention, mentoring, recovery, community awareness and creative activism.

The event is a fundraiser for Friday Night Crew members’ upcoming travel to Austin, Texas for Community Anti-drug Coalitions of America mid-year training program July 21-25. Because the Friday Night Crew has been actively engaged in prevention work, to reduce underage drinking and drug use, they have already put previous years’ CADCA training into action in the community.

Their efforts helped bring Project SAM, or Smart Approaches to Marijuana, forum to Waimea in March with Congressman Patrick Kennedy and Dr. Kevin Sabet, former White House drug policy advisor. At the encouragement of Project SAM organizers, the Friday Night Crew will help make a presentation about Hawaii’s Project SAM to the CADCA assembly during the conference. Admission to the Movie Night & Costume Party is $3 per person including snacks. For more information, please call The Pantry, 887-2289.

For additional information, or to make a donation, please contact Beth Mehau at The Pantry, 887-2289.