CHILLICOTHE — Chillicothe Optimist Club’s Town Theatre held its annual Kids Count Night on Aug. 28. The event is when the Optimist Club’s Town Theatre bestows financial gifts to area youth organizations. This year’s nearly $15,000 donation, ranging in amounts from $50 to $1,480, was gifted to 46 area youth organizations. 

Kids Count Night began seven years ago after the Chillicothe Optimist Club purchased the Chillicothe Town Theatre with the express purpose of utilizing the profits of the theatre to support the Optimist Club’s purpose of “Bringing Out The Best in Kids”. Over the past seven years the Optimist Club’s Town Theatre has donated over $85,000. “Wow! What a year for the Town Theatre,” said Mark Kosinski, President of the Town Theatre Board of Directors. “Many thanks to all of our amazing partners who helped make it such a successful year! We were able to give back two dollars for every ticket returned, which benefits the wonderful organizations signed up with our program.” 

The amount awarded to each organization is directly linked to the number of movie tickets purchased over the course of the year. Each youth organization is assigned a number. After a movie-goer purchases a ticket for their desired show, they take the ticket stub and write the number of the organization of their choice on the back of the ticket and turn it into the donation bucket. Optimist Club members keep track of the tickets throughout the year, and allocate funds based on the percent of tickets each organization collects. This year South School in Chillicothe received the largest gift, $1,480! 

“The Town Theatre is a great fundraising resource for us,” said Shaun Grant, principal of South School in Chillicothe. “All we have to do is promote the movies our kids and families already want to watch. The money that we receive through Kids Count Night is used by the PTA to host many family events throughout the school year.” 

Your youth organization can register to partner with the Town Theatre and participate in next year’s event. Just stop by the Town Theatre at 1029 Second St. in Chillicothe and complete an application. Help us give out even more money next year by making the Chillicothe Town Theatre your first choice to see new movies. Each ticket sold directly impacts the amount we are able to give back to the community. With your help, we hope to exceed $16,000 next year!