Joe and Kathy O’Donnell’s annual Joey O’Donnell Film Premiere returns this weekend for an evening of food, fun and a special movie screening.
Now in its 33rd year, the event raises funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of the couple’s son Joey, who passed away after a battle with the disease. Following their son’s death, Joe and Kathy created the Joey Fund in 1986 and have raised more than $100 million for cystic fibrosis research.
The couple hosts a film premiere each year at the Natick Mall’s Neiman Marcus Court, where attendees get a first look at a Hollywood flick before anyone else has the chance to see it. This year’s event, which takes place Nov. 5, features a screening of director Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. The film officially opens in Boston on Christmas Day.
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“The Boston community has supported the Joey Fund and so many other charitable efforts for nearly 40 years,” says Joe. “Without this collective effort over a very long time, the impending CF cure doesn’t exist.”
The festivities will also include tasty bites courtesy of Porcini’s, Kowloon, Piantedosi Baking Company, Trade, Italcrust, Grill 23 & Bar and other local restaurants. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s film premiere.
If you go:
Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., Neiman Marcus Court, Natick Mall 310 Speen St., Natick, filmpremiere2017.eventscff.org