May 23rd, 2008

Great River Hospice is bringing back a summer tradition. "A Night at the Drive-in" is scheduled Saturday, June 7, in Great River Medical Center’s employee parking lot. A full-size drive-in movie screen will be set up for the dusk showing of The Final Season.

Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Pre-movie activities include:
• Baseball clinic with Southeastern Community College coaching staff
• Buzzy the Bee, the Burlington Bees mascot
• Bounce house
• Dunk tank with throwing tips from SCC baseball coaches
• Face painting by Burlington High School cheerleaders
• Juggler Cosmo Leone
• Door prizes
• 50/50 raffle

Pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, candy, soda, water and other items will be available for purchase at the concession stand.

The Final Season, rated PG, is a true story. Tradition in Norway, Iowa (Pop. 586), can be summed up in one word: baseball. The Norway High School team has won 19 state championships in 23 years. But a huge threat to a 20th championship comes when the school faces a merger with a nearby school. When legendary coach Jim Van Scoyoc (Powers Boothe) loses his job, Kent Stock (Sean Astin) leaves his job and fiancé to coach the final season. The movie also features Iowa native Tom Arnold.

Parking is first-come, first-served. Admission, which includes everything except the dunk tank, raffle and food, is a $5 donation to Great River Hospice. Tickets are available at:
• Two Rivers Bank on Main Street, Roosevelt Avenue and Gear Avenue
• Hy-Vee stores on Agency and Angular streets
• Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Rd., West Burlington

In case of rain, the movie and other activities will be held in the Loren Walker Arena at Southeastern Community College.

"A Night at the Drive-in" is sponsored by:
• Great River Hospice
• The Hawk Eye
• Reif Oil Company
• Two Rivers Bank and Two Rivers Insurance
• Doran & Ward Printing
• F&M Bank and Trust
• Standard of Beaverdale
• MidWestOne Bank
• Great River Oncology

Great River Hospice House has served 92 patients and their families between its opening Oct. 3, 2007, and April 30. Each year, Great River Hospice provides about $185,000 of care that is not reimbursed by insurance. Proceeds from the drive-in will help defray this expense. For more information about A Night at the Drive-In or Great River Hospice, please call (319) 768-3392.