Thursday, September 27, 2018

#ThankfulThursday: Hazen Chamber of Commerce Donates $323 to CCA

Our friends in North Dakota celebrated Craniofacial Acceptance Month with a screening of the movie "Wonder" on September 9, 2018 at Cinema Flix as part of their annual HarvestFest celebration. The film provided an opportunity to raise awareness about craniofacial conditions for CCA's mission, but more importantly for two local girls MacKenzie Berger and Makena Heier.

Sixty people attended the screening sponsored by the Hazen Chamber of Commerce and Cinema Flix who showed the film at no cost. A number of displays filled with Wonder curriculum, acceptance month posters, coloring pages, crossword puzzles, and syndrome booklets for the crowd to explore. Information was available for all ages. Mackenzie, born with Apert Syndrome, attended the movie with her siblings shortly after recovering from surgery. Makena was nearby working at the movie theater while her mother, Antoinette Heier, watched the film for the first time. Antoinette said, "I had tears throughout the entire movie. I kept picturing our own daughter." 

Viewers responded positively to the film with kind words and deep pockets. The sixty people who came out to see "Wonder" that day donated a total of $323.00 to CCA. Antoinette tells us that, "One viewer kindly said "Bless you for bringing in this movie. We love you!"

CCA is so very grateful for this donation and the community that came together to raise the funds.

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