Special ‘Black Hawk Down’ Movie Showing Tonight Fundraiser For St. Baldrick’s Foundation

By  //  April 30, 2016

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Featuring Special Appearance of Col. Danny McKnight and Members of Task Force RANGER

BLACKHAWK-DOWN-SCREENING-580-5ABOVE VIDEO: From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Hannibal) and renowned producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor, Armageddon) comes a gripping true story about bravery, camaraderie and the complex reality of war. Black Hawk Down stars an exceptional cast including Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor), Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Eric Bana (Chopper), William Fichtner (The Perfect Storm), Ewen Bremner (Snatch) and Sam Shepard (All The Pretty Horses). In 1993, an elite group of American Rangers and Delta Force soldiers are sent to Somalia on a critical mission to capture a violent warlord whose corrupt regime has lead to the starvation of hundreds of thousands of Somalis. When the mission goes terribly wrong, the men find themselves outnumbered and literally fighting for their lives.

SCREENING SET FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 30 

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – On Saturday, April 30, the public will have a chance to support a very unique fundraiser as the movie Black Hawk Down will be shown at the Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center at the Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Campus.

What makes this event unique is the fact that retired Col. Danny McKnight and members of Task Force RANGER will appear during intermission to answer questions pertaining to the film. No one knows exactly what happened more than Col. McKnight and his men, because they were there!

So much has been said and written about Black Hawk Down over the years, and this is a great opportunity for the public to meet and speak with those that were there that fateful day in 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Col. McKnight, a resident of Brevard County, presented the idea for this fundraiser to me because I have been involved with St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Without the support of Col. McKnight and his wife, Linda, this fundraiser would not be taking place and they are to be commended for stepping up and making this happen.

Danny McKnight actions were described in the book “Black Hawk Down” and featured in the 2001 Academy Award-nominated movie of the same name. McKnight left the Army following a distinguished career that lasted 28 1/2 year years and now lectures on leadership, management and homeland security. (Eastern Florida image)

Danny McKnight actions were described in the book “Black Hawk Down” and featured in the 2001 Academy Award-nominated movie of the same name. McKnight left the Army following a distinguished career that lasted 28 1/2 year years and now lectures on leadership, management and homeland security. (Eastern Florida image)

“It is a special pleasure and privilege to share Black Hawk Down with others,” said Col. McKnight. “However, the greatest part of that, in this case, is being able to support St. Baldricks.”

Doors for general admission tickets will open at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., there will be a brief introduction of dignitaries, and then the movie will get underway.

Approximately halfway through the movie there will be an intermission, during which Col. McKnight and the members of Task Force RANGER will take questions from the audience. The movie will then resume to its conclusion.

All proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private (non-government) funder of pediatric cancer research grants, whose mission is to find cures for childhood cancers and to give survivors long and healthy lives.

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