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"First Man" gala to help fund 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's moon walk

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The celebration for the golden anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon walk, kicked off Thursday evening at the gala for the premiere of “First Man”. The celebration for the golden anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon walk, kicked off Thursday evening at the gala for the premiere of “First Man”.
The 2019 committee, which put on the gala, used the night as a fundraiser for the various activities they have planned over the next nine months. The 2019 committee, which put on the gala, used the night as a fundraiser for the various activities they have planned over the next nine months.

To celebrate the local hero that took one small step for man, the community of Wapakoneta is taking a giant leap for the 50th anniversary of his historic walk. 

The celebration for the golden anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon walk, kicked off Thursday evening at the gala for the premiere of “First Man”, the movie based off of a book with the same name that chronicles Armstrong life leading up to the 1969 moon landing. The 2019 committee, which put on the gala, used the night as a fundraiser for the various activities they have planned over the next nine months. 

“Monthly there will be all kinds of experiences, not quite like this, not this big. But they would like to do it again as that goes. But there will be absolutely something every month, there will be an opportunity for people to celebrate,” said Judie Presar, 2019 Committee Co-Chair.

“We have a full schedule of events and we are actually adding to that every day so there are things starting with the movie tonight, continuing all the way through July 20, 2019,” said Deb Zwez, 2019 Committee Co-Chair.

The owners of the Wapa Theatre have been working with Universal Pictures for a while to be able to hold the first showing in the city of “First Man” in conjunction with the gala. And when everything came together, it just made the evening special. 

“We do first-run movies and everything here, but nothing ever like this. With them having the gala out here and it just adds more to it, there is a lot of excitement in town, and everybody is getting really excited about it,” said Becky Jordan, Wapa Theater.

The Wapa Theatre will have one showing Friday night at 7 p.m. and various showings on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, you can visit Wapa Theatre's website here.

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