Bucs Star Gerald McCoy Holds Annual 'McCoy Family Movie Night' at AMC West Shore
Saturday, April 27, 2019
BAY (APRIL 27, 2019) – Hundreds of local children and their families
congregated on the top level of the parking garage outside of Tampa’s West
Shore Mall on Friday afternoon in anticipation of a private screening of Avengers:
Endgame at AMC Theater with one of the area’s top sports icons, Buccaneers’
defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
The private viewing party is part of McCoy’s annual
outreach program ‘McCoy Family Movie Night,’ which he hosts through the Gerald
McCoy’s Patricia Diane Foundation. Children living in single-parent households
around Tampa Bay are invited, along with their family members, to the premier
at AMC West Shore 14 through six partner organizations, including Big Brothers
Big Sisters and Metropolitan Ministries.
In addition to the premier, 'McCoy Family Movie Night’
also features a pre-film carnival on the top level of the parking garage
outside the rear entrance to the mall. As the families arrived, they were
treated to an exciting array of face painters, balloon artists, an inflatable
bounce house and even a DJ to set a rocking atmosphere for the carnival
experience. McCoy spent the afternoon posing for photographs and signing
autographs, his anticipation for the premier just as strong as the children’s.
Walter Allen of FOX13 News served as the program’s emcee.
After the carnival, all of the participants were
given free movie tickets and food and drink vouchers for Avengers: Endgame,
the latest installment in the ongoing Marvel movie series. McCoy, whose passion
for Marvel movies is well-known, showcased Avengers: Infinity War to
several hundred children during last year’s ‘McCoy Family Movie Night.’
Gerald McCoy’s Patricia Diane Foundation seeks to
serve single-parent families and their children, providing them with ongoing
assistance and special experiences. ‘McCoy Family Movie Night’ is one of
several ongoing community outreach programs of the foundation that create these
unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for single-parent families in Tampa