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Read to Succeed, Linebaugh Library, Greenhouse Ministries and the United Way have joined together to celebrate the movie version of 2012’s One Book, The Hunger Games. (Photo courtesy of Lionsgates Films)
Four Rutherford County nonprofit organizations are joining together for a premiere party Thursday, March 22, for the highly anticipated movie based on “The Hunger Games,” as part of an effort to gather food donations for the community.

Read To Succeed, Linebaugh Library, Greenhouse Ministries and United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties are hosting the event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Linebaugh Library, only hours before “The Hunger Games” premieres at midnight.

Admittance to the premiere is one can of food, which will be donated to the Greenhouse Ministries.

Door prizes will also be handed out.

“The more cans you bring, the more chances you have to win a door prize,” said Sarah Porterfield, family literacy coordinator for Read to Succeed, in a press release. “The party will feature a costume contest, trivia contest, and food, along with providing canned food for Greenhouse Ministries.”

Each year, Read To Succeed’s One Book of Rutherford County program challenges residents to join together to read a chosen book. This year’s selection is the bestselling adventure novel “The Hunger Games,” written by Suzanne Collins.

Porterfield said “The Hunger Games” novels have been sweeping through Rutherford County like wildfire the past few months. The young adult novels are among the bestselling fiction in recent years and this year’s One Book choice for the community.

“’The Hunger Games’ has been a great conversation starter for readers of all ages this year,” said Laura Beth Payne, co-chair of One Book.

One Book is a collaboration of various nonprofit organizations, which sponsor initiatives designed to promote reading and literacy in Rutherford County.

“Now, the movie is just one more way to engage our community in discussions about ideas,” she said.

As part of those efforts, Read to Succeed is also teaming up with Premiere 6 Theater in Murfreesboro to collect more food for Greenhouse Ministries.

On Saturday, March 24, Premiere 6 will have an exclusive 10 a.m. showing of the movie for people who bring a can of food for Greenhouse Ministries, in addition to the lowest ticket price. At 2 p.m., bringing a can of food will also secure attendees the lowest ticket price to “The Hunger Games.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with local theaters to celebrate ‘The Hunger Games,’” Payne said, “as well as raise awareness about meeting needs in Rutherford County through Greenhouse Ministries and the mission of Read To Succeed.”

For more information about One Book, Read To Succeed, and “The Hunger Games,” visit readtosucceed.org or call 615-738-7323.
Tagged under  Arts, Charity, Entertainment, Event, Greenhouse Ministries, Movie, Murfreesboro, Read to Succeed, Rutherford County, The Hunger Games, United Way

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