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MOVIES UNDER THE STARS TO CONTINUE
The City of Kingston is fully committed to continuing “Movies Under the Stars” for the 2014 summer season. The program has benefitted from the volunteer efforts of many people in the community and they deserve the gratitude of the City of Kingston residents.
The City Parks and Recreation Department welcomes the support of anyone who wishes to volunteer to help continue this wonderful program.
Some of the people who were instrumental in initiating and supporting this program have chosen to go on their own way and establish a separate entity in an effort to use the “Movies Under the Stars” program to raise monies for private charities of their own choosing. Unfortunately, the City cannot be involved in these efforts.
Many of the fine organizations that provide services to the people of the City are “faith-based” and the City cannot constitutionally sponsor or participate in fundraising activities for these entities. It would simply not be fair for the City to participate in raising money for some charities and not others.
The City’s inability to work with a private entity which wants to use the “Movies Under the Stars” program for its own goals, should not be taken to mean that the City is less than fully committed to continuing the program in 2014 and beyond.
We are all very excited to continue to provide entertainment for young people and families during the summer months and welcome the efforts of volunteers who are interested in assisting during the 2014 “Movies Under the Stars” season.
Please contact Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Gilfeather at 481 7333 or Mayor Shayne Gallo at 334 3902 to volunteer for the upcoming “Movies Under The Stars” program.