Ocala.com – John Travolta and Kelly Preston more money to the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County on Friday night in their hometown.
A VIP reception and film screening for the new animated movie “Bolt,” in which Travolta provides the voice of the namesake canine star, raised $55,000 for the local youth organization. Travolta announced the total on a stage just off the red carpet and the figure prompted the hundreds of spectators in the Hollywood 16 parking lot to erupt in cheers and applause.
Then Travolta smiled that Travolta smile, paused and added, “And just because I’m in a good mood, I’m going to add another $10,000 to that.”
Travolta and Preston then disappeared into the movie theatre to join about 200 people who paid between $100 and $250 per ticket to see the animated dog comedy alongside the county’s most famous couple. The VIPs also included 40 local kids from the Boys & Girls Club, as well as the club’s director Jerry Lane, who stopped to collect his thoughts outside the theatre.
“We’re part of this community, too,” Travolta told reporters before the reception, “and it’s more fun to have a movie to help contribute to a charity-raising situation. And it’s more fun for us because it brings a little bit of Hollywood to the community.