Touchdown a hit at Grandparents Day at Cornell Cinema

Kathee Shaff
Kailer, Brayden and Gianna patiently wait for the theater doors to open.

More than 100 Cornellians braved a cold and rainy Saturday in Ithaca to attend Cornell’s inaugural Grandparents Day event at Cornell Cinema on March 25, sponsored by Work/Life in Human Resources.

The Secret Life of Pets—an animated comedy about the lives pets lead when humans are not around—took viewers on an adventure through Manhattan and included animal antics in a high-rise apartment building while their owners are at work, getting lost on the streets, and being taken underground through the water system.

After the movie, Touchdown the Bear ran down the aisle, delighting the youngsters. Touchdown gave out door prizes, including: Cornell teddy bears donated by the Cornell Store; family memberships to the Johnson Art Museum; and a gift set from the Lab of Ornithology. Door prizes included Dairy Store ice cream coupons and other gifts. The grand prize – a week-long CUBS sports camp donated by Cornell Athletics – went to winner Hope Mandeville, retired staff member from the feminist, gender and sexuality program, who commented how happy her grandnephew Sam was.

Other grandparents said their grandchildren were mesmerized by the theater and concession stand, and loved the prizes, popcorn and drink. For some grandchildren, this was the first time they had attended a move at a cinema. All received a Frisbee at the end of the event.

Touchdown hung around for hugs and high-fives.

Kathee Shaff is Work/Life program coordinator in the Division of Human Resources.