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For one night, Center Grove High School will be transformed into a drive-in movie theater.

The hit movie “Frozen” will be shown on a screen hung in the school’s football stadium. Families are invited to lay out blankets and munch on popcorn.

Beforehand, food trucks will serve up pizza and ice cream.

From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Center Grove High School will host Dine ‘N Disney, a family fun night filled with food and the Disney animated movie.

Local food trucks will be parked in the school’s main parking lot, while the film is shown on the outdoor screen.

Proceeds from the event will be split between the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and the CARE Pantry.

The event is the work of the high school’s student council. Priya Dave, a Center Grove senior and the council’s community service committee chairwoman, helped organize the event.

Dave’s 15-year-old sister, Sneha, is a sophomore at Center Grove. She suffers from ulcerative colitis, a painful inflammation of her bowels.

The condition causes her joints to ache, mouth ulcers to form and her appetite to diminish. For the past four years, she’s been hospitalized multiple times because the colitis steals her energy away.

Seeing the tumultuous time her sister has had with colitis and learning about the struggles of others with it and Crohn’s disease inspired Dave to plan an event to support those afflicted.

Dine ‘N Disney

What: A food truck festival and showing of Disney’s “Frozen”

When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Center Grove High School, 2717 S. Morgantown Road, Greenwood

Benefits: Proceeds from the event will be split between the CARE Pantry and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.


6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Food is served by Brozinni’s Pizzeria and Brain Freeze Express in the school’s main parking lot.

8 p.m.: “Frozen” starts at the football stadium.

“We felt like it’s not a very publicized disease, so it’s important to get the public’s attention,” she said. “I love my position as the community service chairwoman because I can advocate and put on events for charities that I am interested in and can help the community.”

Dine ‘N Disney will begin with dinner served by Brozinni Pizzeria, a southside Indianapolis business specializing in New York-style pizza. Brain Freeze Express will sell ice cream and other desserts.

Both trucks have pledged 20 percent of their proceeds from the event to the CARE Pantry, a food service operated by the Center Grove Alternative Academy for local families in need of food.

Starting at 8 p.m., attendees will move toward the football stadium for the start of the movie. Admission to “Frozen” will be free, but donations will be accepted to help support research and support programs for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

“Everyone is encouraged to bring out their blankets, lay out on the grass and watch the movie. We’ll be selling popcorn as well, so it’ll be just like being at the drive-in,” Dave said.

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