Dublin Coffman High School's drive-in movie night is returning for a second year, this time to benefit the non-profit organization Strides for Sobriety.
The event is hosted by Coffman's Interact Club, a service-oriented group that is an offshoot of Dublin's Rotary Club.
The drive-in will be held Saturday, May 20, on the high school's staff parking lot. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie -- "Back to the Future" -- begins at 8:30 p.m.
Interact Club member Manami Suenaga, a 17-year-old senior, said the club was inspired to choose Strides for Sobriety as its beneficiary because of the drug and alcohol abuse challenges young people face, as well as because the president of the Dublin AM Rotary, Ramona Penland-Coyle, founded Strides for Sobriety.
Founded in 2014, Strides for Sobriety raises money to cover cost of drug and alcohol rehabilitation for teenagers unable to afford treatment.
Coffman's drive-in movie night was born last year, after the Interact Club was looking for a way to fund additional ADA-compliant seating in Coffman's theater that would allow family and friends to sit close to those requiring ADA seating.
Senior William Hetherington, 18, said he had always wanted an excuse to hold a drive-in movie fundraiser. The now-unique experience a drive-in movie offers works well for high school students and families, he said.
The drive-in movie was awarded a Dublin hotel-motel tax grant of $2,500 last year to purchase a movie screen for the event, Hetherington said.
The event was held in April, and Hetherington said a great deal of people showed up to watch the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
"We completely filled up the parking lot," he said.
The drive-in movie last year raised more than $2,000, which funded the addition of eight new ADA seats in the Coffman theater.
This year's event will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $5 per person and $15 per family and they can be purchased at Coffman High School in advance or the day of the event.
Principal Mike Ulring said students are excited for this year's drive-in movie.
"The kids are looking forward to it; they love it," he said.