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Free screening of ‘Lion King’ for kids impacted by Memorial Day tornadoes sells out 

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 7:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 2:02 PM

Disney’s upcoming film journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow

Children impacted by one of the worst natural disasters to hit Dayton in a generation have been invited to attend a screening of a live-action retelling of a classic Disney tale. 

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Dayton Young Black Professionals have partnered with McKinley United Methodist Church, The Dayton Foundation, CityWide Development Corporation and the Gem City Market to treat children ages 5 to 14 to a private screening of Disney's "The Lion King" (2019) on July 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Huber Heights Rave 16.

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All available spots (140 seats were available) have been claimed, organizers reported Wednesday afternoon.

“Due to overwhelming responses, Dayton Young Black Professionals (DYBP) is no longer able to accept RSVPs for our Community Appreciation Event,” the group posted on its event page.

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“I was one of the inner city kids who didn’t have the most privileges growing up, and I can only imagine the hardship the tornado brought upon families,” Dayton Young Black Professionals President Daj’za Demmings said in a statement. “It’s always my goal to give back to the city, but most importantly make an impact with the children as someone who can relate to them.”

"The Lion King" will be released on July 19.(Walt Disney Pictures)

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The free screening is part of the Dayton Young Black Professionals’ Gem City Tornado Recovery plan. 

The National Weather Service confirmed 15 tornadoes for the Dayton area on Memorial Day.

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