Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rozsa Center family Christmas celebration to include "Ana's Angels" Benefit for Olsson family

The Rozsa Center, brightly decorated for the holidays, will be the scene of a special Christmas celebration and Ana Olsson Benefit Friday, Dec. 21. (Photo courtesy Rozsa Center)

HOUGHTON -- Let’s get 1000 people to the Rozsa Center on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in support of the Olsson family, for a very special community Christmas celebration -- a family holiday event and Ana Olsson Benefit.

Evening highlights include an original presentation of "The Night Before Christmas" by the students of the Michigan Tech Youth Dance Program along with select members of the Michigan Tech Dance Team and Tech Cheer Team, followed by a screening of the Walt Disney Studio's 1983 film, Mickey's Christmas Carol, in the Rozsa theater. The dance and movie will begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $8.

An Ana Olsson Benefit Bake Sale and Silent Auction will be ongoing in the Lobby, from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. And why do we need to meet the goal of 1000 tickets sold? Because most exciting of all, a major contribution by the Brule Family Foundation has created a "challenge donation" that will match a $5 donation to the Ana Olsson benefit for every ticket sold to this event!

A narrator will read the beloved Christmas story, "A Night Before Christmas," as the young dancers, "asleep in their beds," become "visions of sugar plums." And while "nothing was stirring, not even a mouse," little tumbling toddlers will bound around a Christmas tree on stage! Speaking of little mice, following this endearing performance by our local budding dancers, guests will be treated to a beloved animated movie featuring every child’s favorite character, Mickey Mouse! Mickey stars as the over-worked, underpaid employee of Ebenezer Scrooge in Mickey's Christmas Carol. Mickey is joined by such Disney notables as Scrooge McDuck as miserly Scrooge, Donald Duck as Scrooge’s affable nephew, Goofy as a clumsy version of Marley’s Ghost, and Jiminy Cricket, Willie The Giant, and Pete -- and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Enjoy a heartwarming evening in the beautiful Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts as we show our support for the Olssons as they deal with Ana’s illness. Free hot chocolate and child-friendly beverages will be provided. For details on how to donate to the bake sale or silent auction, please contact benefit organizer Joyce Smith, (906) 281-1042. (Please note this corrected phone number.)

Tickets for the entire evening are $8. To purchase tickets, please call (906) 487-2073, go online at, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC), 600 MacInnes Drive, in Houghton.

Performance tickets are not required for participation in the bake sale or silent auction portion of the benefit, although ticket sales will directly result in donations to the Ana Olsson benefit. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours, and will only open two hours prior to show times.

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