"Stars Will Be Out for Big 'Radio Flyer' Premiere / Benefit"

Marin Independent Journal, 7 February 1992

Director Richard Donner ("Superman," "Lethal Weapon") and his producer wife, Lauren Shuler-Donner, will be among the celebrities at the Marin Humane Society benefit premiere of "Radio Flyer," a new movie that was filmed in Novato.

The Feb. 19 premiere at the Rowland Plaza Theater in Novato will be a major benefit for the Humane Society's SHARE program, which provides pet for the elderly, the homebound and for AIDS patients.

Also taking part in the black-tie-optional event are Jesse Colin Young, whose classic hit "Get Together" is featured on the soundtrack; animal rights activist Grace Slick, comedian Michael Pritchard and Rocky, the German shepherd that is the film's animal star.

Doug McConnell of KPIX-TV, Jerry Friedman of KGO radio, Celeste Perry of KSFO / KYA radio, Bob Gowa of KTID-FM and Larry Ickes of KAPX-AM will serve as auctioneers and hosts of a fund-raising auction and raffle for prizes such as trips to Spain and Mexico.

Tommy Rox and his band will perform in the theater during a reception before the 8 p.m. screening.

The reception will begin at 6:30 and will includ food from Butler's, California Cafe, Sam's Anchor Cafe, Ristorante Dalecio, Cacti, Cattlemen's, the Caprice, Milly's and Servino Ristorante Italiano. Wine is being donated by Guenoc Winery.

About 50 Novato residents who were extras in the movie, which was filmed in Novato in October 1990, will be given the star treatment and ferried to the premiere in limosuines. Some of the classic cars in the movie also will be on display.

"Radio Flyer" is a drama about two young brothers who escape fro the tyranny of their stepfather with the power of their imagination and their little red Radio Flyer wagon.

It stars Academy Award nominee Lorraine Bracco, John Heard, Joseph Mazzello, Elijah Wood and Adam Baldwin.

Tickets are $35 and reservations are required. For information, call the Marin Humane Society at 883-5837.

©1992 Marin Independent Journal

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