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Company pays for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' screening for underprivileged children

Christopher Ashton, CFP, Vice-President/Branch Manager for Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. Eugene/Bend/Medford talks about offering a free showing of the new Star Wars film for under-privileged kids. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn't come out in theaters until December 15, but several underprivileged children and families were given the opportunity to watch the movie a day early.

Charles Schwab & Co. rented out a theater at the Cinemark at the Gateway Shoppes, and gave out 95 movie tickets and gift cards to the concession stand to kids who participate in Kidsports and come from families who struggle financially.

Charles Schwab Managers and employees handed out glow-in-the-dark Star Wars themed bracelets, and raffled off two R2D2 popcorn machines and two light-up Star Wars Canvases.

The vice president/branch manager of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. in Eugene, Bend, and Medford said it was a lot of work setting up for the showing, but said it was all worth it to show these children how important they are.

"It's Christmas season; I've got four kids of my own," said V.P. and Branch Manager Christopher Ashton C.F.P. "It's about making people happy this season. It took a little effort, it took a little energy. At Schwab, we deal with high net-worth clients. These are not high net-worth clients, but the community has been really good to us; really good to us. So, the least we could do is say thanks and help kids."

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