"LOOK WHO'S BUYING TICKETS!
- Although they are donating the theater for 'South Pacific' premiere,
John Denmen, left, city manager of Fox Wasatch Theaters, and Dick
Frisbey, manager of the Villa Theater, purchase tickets for 'South
Pacific' benefit premiere. Inez Hales is the cashier."
Deseret News, 23 July 1958, page B1
'South Pacific' Movie
Premiere's Ticket Goal - $5,000 For Handicapped
Deseret News, 23 July 1958, page B1
By ELEANOR KNOWLES
Deseret News Staff Writer
Wanted: $5,000 in donations to help the mentally-handicapped children
of Salt Lake County.
That's the amount the Deseret News is trying to raise for the Salt Lake
County Assn. for Retarded Children. And for their donations of $3, $7,
and $10, donors will receive tickets for the gala premiere of Rodgers
and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" Thursday, July 31.
All proceeds from the opening night show at the Villa Theater will go
to the association, since the film is being donated for this benefit premiere
by Magna Theater Corp., and the Villa Theater is being made available
through Fox Wasatch Theaters.
As an added bonus, tickets purchased for the premiere are tax-deductible
as a donation. Businessmen in particular are encouraged to purchase tickets
for their most valued customers, their top employees and their family
Donation checks should be made payable to the Salt Lake County Assn.
for Retarded Children. A handy coupon appears in today's Deseret News.
Or, tickets may be obtained at the Uptown Theater, 53 S. Main St., from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily or at the Villa Theater, 3092 Highland Dr., from
6 to 9 p.m. each evening.
As beneficiary of the premiere, the association for the retarded children
will join with the Utah Society for Crippled Children and Adults in the
establishment of a sheltered workshop program this fall.
The workshop, which will go into operation on the University of Utah
campus this fall, will provide the means for mentally and physically handicapped
people of the community to train to become financially independent.
At the present time, the Fairmont Park Training School is being operated
for the mentally-retarded children of the area, and some 16 to 20 are
taking advantage of the program there five days a week. Actually, many
more could be (and should be) taken care of if facilities could be enlarged.
The workshop will take the older children from the training school, making
room for more younger children to take advantage of the school's recreational
and social program.
While the mentally-retarded youngsters are not able to attend regular
school, they are "trainable." From past experience it has been
proven that they can perform tasks which might seem too tedious or routine
for the average person.
For instance, last year they were asked to assemble some 10,000 picnic
kits for a local savings and loan association.
The Fish and Game Department gave them some 10,000 letters to fold and
prepare for mailing. They were given a deadline of one month - the work
was completed in one week!
They have also been assembling "carry-out" boxes for a local
restaurant, and last year they folded the Easter Seal letters and put
them in envelopes.
These children have proved that they are capable of doing this type of
work, and a sheltered workshop would give them the opportunity to do so.
That is why they need $5,000 as their share of the workshop cost. Businesses
which have work the children might do are also invited to contact the
Fairmont Park Training School, INgersol 6-2281, and investigate the possibilities
of "hiring" the students there.