NewsChannel 9’s Movie With a Mission benefitting the Rescue Mission raises over $100,000 Sunday

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Over $104,000 was raised during Sunday’s “Movie with a Mission”.

NewsChannel 9 and the Syracuse Rescue Mission mark 32 years with this year’s “Movie with a Mission.” It’s an afternoon of holiday programming with pledge breaks to fight hunger and homelessness in Central New York. 

The program ran from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on NewsChannel 9.

NewsChannel 9’s Dan Cummings and Nicole Sommavilla were the hosts of this annual holiday fundraiser. 

This year’s feature was the children’s Christmas classic, “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.”  The 1964 release, “in Space-Blazing Color,” was a matinee favorite for kids in movie palaces of the day.

Fun fact…the movie was shot in an abandoned airplane hangar on Long Island and features a cast largely drawn from Broadway, along with actress Pia Zadora, making her film debut at age 10.

The Rescue Mission also honored Dan Cummings with a “Clarence Jordan Hope Award” for 30 years of support for the holiday tradition.

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