Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids Jumanji Premiere to Benefit Hospice for Children

Nov 27, 2017 | News | 0 comments

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice are hosting a simultaneous statewide premiere of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at Grand Rapids’ Celebration! Cinema North and Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater on Thursday, Dec. 19. The jungle-themed fundraisers will support Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children at Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice.

This will be a great family-friendly event and, in Ann Arbor, a great opportunity for students preparing for finals to enjoy a break from studying.

The statewide Jumanji premiere is made possible through the longtime friendship Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice enjoy with Jumanji’s world-renowned children’s author and illustrator, and Grand Rapids native, Chris Van Allsburg and his wife, Lisa.

In both Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, 80-100 children and families who have been or are currently being served by the Anchors Programs for Children will be invited as our guests to enjoy a special pre-glow party before the screening.

Tickets and sponsorship information are also available at

About the Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Program for Children:

Anchors Programs for Children offers a full continuum of pediatric services to support families facing a life limiting illness. It is the only statewide pediatric hospice and pre-hospice program to serve families with specially trained staff that provide medical, social, spiritual and emotional support to help navigate difficult situations. Since the inception of the pediatric programs, Anchors has served thousands of children and families across Michigan. The Anchors Programs for Children is funded through a generous gift from Jo Elyn Nyman and the Samuel & Jean Frankel Foundation and includes Compass Support Services, The James B. Fahner MD Pediatric Hospice Program and The Anchors Perinatal Program.

About Jumanji:

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a brand new adventure, directed by Michigan native Jake Kasdan and featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas and Karen Gillan. The movie is adapted from the 1981 children’s book written and illustrated by Caldecott author Chris Van Allsburg.

In the brand new movie, four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you, taking them on the most dangerous adventure of their lives.


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