MADERA – Approximately 600 people turned out for a free showing of the movie “Grease” as the PG&E Summer Movies in the Park wrapped up Friday night (Aug. 30).
PG&E provided funding for this year’s summer movie series – a weekly and free Friday night event — that kicked off July 12. The eight-week series ended with the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
The final movie at Lions Town and Country Park featured classic cars on display, a 50s-themed costume contest and, of course, the movie shown in the park’s amphitheater. The series – which featured movies ranging from Disney’s “Wreck-it Ralph” to “Oz: The Great and Powerful” – is run by City of Madera’s Parks & Community Services Department with PG&E serving as the primary sponsor.
During the event, PG&E’s Anna Brooks, Central Valley government relations manager, and Aaron August, Central Valley director of energy solutions and services, presented an oversized checked recognizing the utility’s $8,000 contribution to the summer movies series. Also representing PG&E at the event were: Raj Beasla, Central Valley corporate affairs director; Mary Diebert, senior customer relationship manager in Madera; and Robert Carlson, energy solutions and services manager in Fresno.
In a press release, Madera Mayor Robert Poythress credited PG&E with helping to support a community program that improves livability and connects neighborhoods. “Good old-fashioned and fun program like Movies in the Park help us achieve this,” he said. “It’s terrific that PG&E demonstrates its commitment to our community building by supporting programs like these.”
Beasla also noted the sense of community the movie series helps to build. “These movies not only entertain, they also build upon the great sense of community shared by Madera residents and all of us at PG&E,” he said.