A Grown Ups 2 Gift Gone to Waste?
The MHS All Sports Boosters may not inherit the materials from the Grown Ups 2 Ice Cream House.
Earlier this month, we ran a story announcing that Columbia Pictures had agreed to donate the materials from the Grown Ups 2 Ice Cream House at Gatchell Park to Marblehead High School's All Sports Boosters.
Now that Columbia Pictures crews are preparing to take down the structure, it doesn't look like the donation is going to happen, a member of the Boosters Club said Tuesday afternoon.
In spite of the stand's lack of electricity, foundation and running water, Boosters co-President Tricia Rockett said her husband, T. Michael Rockett, and local real estate agent Jack Attridge approached Columbia Pictures earlier this month about having the stand donated to the boosters.
The film's producer, she said, was quick to offer up the set materials as a donation toward a permanent snack shed.
The All Sports Boosters raise funds by selling hot pizza, hot dogs, pop corn, hot chocolate, coffee, cold drinks and snacks along with Marblehead High School spirit wear at the corner of the high school gym during home football games.
This year, the group awarded $18,000 in scholarships to the 2012 graduating class.
Boosters member Gina Walker said the plan to inherit the materials hit a snag at a recent School Committee meeting.
"Our objective has earned the support of the Athletic Director and Superintendent of Schools who have both expressed an interest in working together toward identifying an appropriate location on school grounds to build such a structure, however, at the recent school committee meeting the school committee would not vote on anything without a design first," Walker said in an email.
"At this juncture, though we do not have the funds to hire an architect to design something to present to the school committee (that could be turned down), Michael Rockett has kindly offered to donate additional materials needed along with crew toward building a permanent structure," she said.
Walker went on to point out that the Happy Madison Production company signed a contract with the Recreation and Parks Commission agreeing to break down the set by today and said she fears that it "is likely this gift will go to waste."
"Perhaps with the will of the School Committee and the town to work together it could be an ideal opportunity for the Boosters and a great lesson in team spirit for our kids and our community," she said.