If you are a movie buff, you won’t want to miss the latest fundraiser to support the Humane Society of Madison County (HSMC). In cooperation with the London State Theatre, the humane society is presenting, Paws for the Classics, to raise money for the shelter’s animals by showing classic movies.

The first movie on the agenda is one of my absolute favorites: Gone With the Wind. The 1939 film, which stars Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara, was watched countless times by me and my sister, Bobbie, when we were kids. After the airing of the movie on television (as the movie event of the week), we would spend hours upon hours acting out the scenes. I can still recite whole portions of the film using an appropriate Southern accent.

On April 17, I will have another opportunity to relive this masterpiece by attending the movie at the London State Theatre. But with this viewing, I will also be helping the shelter.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Tickets are on sale now and you can purchase them at the humane society during their open hours (Monday to Saturday, Noon to 5 pm) or online using the shelter’s PayPal button. You can also drop them a note in the mail with a check telling them the funds are for tickets to GWTW. Mail your ticket money to: Humane Society of Madison County, P. O. Box 777, 1357 State Route 38 SE, London, Ohio 43140. Additionally, you can buy tickets at the London State Theatre during normal showtimes.

Besides just purchasing tickets to the movie, you can also be a “Patron of the Heart” for a $25 donation. With this sponsorship, you will receive a movie ticket, small popcorn, small drink, a prime viewing spot, and a listing in the advertisement for this event. To be a Patron of the Heart, contact the shelter before April 12.

Gone With the Wind begins at 1:30 pm on April 17 with doors to the London State Theatre opening at 1 pm. The London State Theatre is located at 69 South Main Street in London, Ohio. For more information, you can also contact Betty Peyton or Cathy Leistikow at 740-852-7387 or visit the shelter web site HERE.

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