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In an unprecedented move, Elder John H. Groberg and the producers of The Other Side of Heaven 2 have teamed with Megaplex Theatres in a statewide push to re-release their movie at a discounted ticket price of five dollars starting Labor Day Weekend as a fundraiser for the Liahona Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition and school supplies for Tongan schoolchildren.
In addition to lowering ticket prices for every show starting Friday, August 30, Megaplex and the filmmakers are donating a portion of box office proceeds from The Other Side of Heaven 2 to the scholarship fund as well.
“I grew up in Rose Park and I know what it’s like to not be able to afford a movie ticket,” recounted renowned PGA golfer, Tony Finau. “I am so grateful to Megaplex and Elder Groberg for partnering with each other to make it possible for just about everyone to see this inspiring movie. And I’m grateful they are also sharing the proceeds with some of the underprivileged children of my home country.”
“Our movie has been seen by so many good people over the last two months,” stated Elder Groberg, “but we realized that many of the people who would be most inspired by its uplifting message haven’t been able to afford to come. So we decided to do something about it.”
That “something” entailed reducing ticket prices to at or below break-even levels and donating a portion of each ticket sale in cash to the Liahona Scholarship Fund.
“In essence we have written the schoolchildren of Tonga a blank check,” explained the producer and director of the movie, Mitch Davis. “It is now up to the Utah movie-going audience to decide how much we are able to donate to the Liahona Foundation. The more tickets we sell in coming weeks, the more scholarship funds we will be able to provide.”
“None of this would have been possible without the generous support of the great people at Megaplex,” Elder Groberg praised. “They have just been magnificent partners in sharing our vision of the positive role this movie can play in the world. Although it’s a big, epic film that deserves to be seen in a theater, it has never been a financially driven project for any of us.”
“We are so grateful to Elder Groberg for giving so much to the people of Tonga in the past and all he continues to do for us now,” said Millie Vunipola, chairperson of the Utah Chapter of the Liahona Alumni Association. “Many large Tongan families living in Utah will now be able to see their story on the big screen together. I hope many palangi (white) families will too. It is a movie with a powerful, pure heart.”
Elder Groberg agreed, summarizing, “When good people do good things for good reasons, nothing but good can come out of it.”