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Tivoli to Screen 'Groundhog Day,' Proceeds Go to 'Noah's Hope'

The Tivoli Theatre will host a special showing of 'Groundhog's Day,' selling tickets at $5 each, with the proceeds going to the local charity.

Credit: Patch file photo
Credit: Patch file photo
It’s still “Groundhog Day” at the Tivoli Theatre, where the classic Bill Murray movie will be shown as a benefit for Noah’s Hope.

The special presentation is slated for Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. at Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave. Admission to the PG-rated film is $5 per person, with all proceeds going to Noah’s Hope, a charity founded by Tracy VanHoutan and Jennifer Farnaus VanHoutan to find a cure for LINCL-Batten disease.

The VanHoutan’s 9-year-old son, Noah, and 7-year-old daughter, Laine, are battling LINCL-Batten disease, a rare genetic illness that has robbed them of their speech, balance and mobility. Fewer than 450 children in the United States have LINCL-Batten disease, so it receives very little research attention.  The VanHoutan’s have worked tirelessly trying to find a cure, and created Noah’s Hope in 2009 to raise funds, support research, inform the community and find a cure for their children and others struggling with this terminal disease.  For more information or to support their efforts visit www.noahshope.com.

In “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray stars as a weatherman who is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting “rat” (as he calls it), and makes no effort to hide his frustration at covering the story.  On awakening the following day he discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and again and again.  First he uses this to his advantage, then comes to the realization that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day, unless he changes his ways. 

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