By TAYLOR HARTZ
Southington’s Drive-In Committee completed its sixth successful season this year, screening more than a dozen movies and giving $28,000 back to the community.
The committee will be distributing $2,000 donations to each of the 14 organizations that helped support the Drive-In throughout the year.
Committee member Mike Fasulo spoke at the Town Council meeting on Nov. 23, to share the Drive-In’s success and announce the donations.
This year, the Drive-In collected more than $50,000 in revenue. After all expenses were paid, the committee was able to add approximately $14,000 to their surplus funds.
“The money will go back in to the property,” said Fasulo, including the marquise in front of the property, and the movie screen.
The $28,000 in donations will benefit the community and will be divided amongst several local non-profits.
Bread for Life, Junior Women’s Club of Southington, Mill Foundation, Rotary Club of Southington, Sapori D’Italia, Southington Education Foundation, Southington Knights Travel Football, Southington Volunteer Fire Department Co. 1 and Co. 2, Southington Land Trust, the Southington Townwide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS), Southington UNICO, Southington Valley Midget Football League, and the United Way will each receive a $2,000 donation.
These donations are the largest that the committee has made over their six seasons.
“This year we exceeded our expectations yet again,” said committee member Dawn Miceli, “and we do have fun when we see that we are able to top ourselves each year.”
After tallying up their intake from this year’s Halloween Festival, the committee decided to give back even more to the town.
On Halloween alone, the committee took in $10,000 for the festival, which included a trunk-or-treat activity and screenings of “Hocus Pocus” and “The Shining.” The festival earned a profit of over $4,000.
Fasulo said the committee decided to dip into their surplus and give out an additional $5,600 for the people and organizations that helped the day of the festival.
They will donate $2,000 to the Lions Club, $2,000 to the Southington Community Cultural Arts, $1,000 to the LEAF Program, $300 to STEPS, and the $300 to the Southington High School Key Club.
“By the generosity of this committee, people are being fed and helped every day,” said Councilor Victoria Triano at the meeting. “It has a direct impact in doing good work within our community.”
“It’s overwhelming and awe-inspiring,” to give back more each year, said Miceli.
Fasulo said the committee was proud of their total distribution to community organizations, totaling $100,000 over six years.