“Jurassic World” star Chris Pratt has once again hit the headlines for all the right reasons. The actor, who gave an incredible speech after receiving the MTV “Generation Award,” made a surprise appearance Saturday at a California movie theater that was hosting an event with the goal of raising money for children with cancer.
Pratt, 39, attended the fundraiser at the Vacaville Brenden Theater, which was raising money for the children of law enforcement officers who have been battling the awful disease. Funds were raised through people purchasing tickets to a “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” screening.
“We were so excited to be a part of a remarkable event to combine a charitable auction with entertainment that no one really saw coming,” the police department posted to Facebook.
Chris Pratt comes to Vacaville!We were so excited to be a part of a remarkable event to combine a charitable auction…
“Little did anyone know that the star of the movie Chris Pratt would surprise everyone and show up to participate with the charity auction and even stay to watch the movie! The room was filled with both shock and laughter for the entire event,” the post read. “Most importantly, those who truly needed this fun day got some time to enjoy the festivities alongside their families.”
As it turns out, Pratt’s brother “Cully” is a police officer with Solano County Sheriff’s Department — so he hooked up the meet and greet that those in attendance are unlikely to ever forget.
“Deputy Pratt happens to be Chris Pratt’s brother, and for sure has some awesome connections!” the department added. “And a special thanks to Chris Pratt for stopping by our wonderful town and putting a smile on all of our faces today!”
“These incredibly strong, young children who also attended the event have been through unthinkable challenges and the opportunity to help raise money for their families is a priceless event in of itself,” the department noted.
As for Pratt himself, he said it was an absolute pleasure to be there with such a brave group of young people, before declaring that he was thinking and praying for each and every one of the kids going through the throes of cancer treatment.
“This is really meaningful for me to be here for you guys, first responders … thank you for everything you do and for all of your hard work,” he said as he strolled into the theatre with his son, Jack.
“I wanted to show some appreciation so it was important for me to come up here, show some face time, and say that I appreciate you guys,” Pratt told the audience, according to the Vacaville Reporter. “I’m always thinking about you and praying for you.”
“I’ve been fortunate in my career to have done several movies that resonate with children,” Pratt continued. “There are children that are dealing with some unfortunate circumstances so it’s great to brighten the day for the kids. But it’s also the family members that really need to be lifted up. That makes me feel the best, it’s the best part of my job, to help lift those spirits.”
(H/T: Vacaville Reporter)