Toy Story Press

NOVEMBER 18, 2014

Toy Story Short Film Festival Benefits Children’s Museum

SANTA ROSA, CA., November 18, 2014 – On December 21, 2014, Sonoma County families have the opportunity to attend a “Toy Story” short film festival, designed for all ages and benefiting the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. This special event will be held from 4pm to 6:30pm in the Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa.

For the first time on the big screen in Sonoma County, guests will enjoy a double feature of Disney Pixar’s holiday special “Toy Story That Time Forgot” and last year’s holiday special “Toy Story Tower of Terror!”  Afterwards, audience members can participate in a Q&A with Pixar Director and Writer Steve Purcell.  In addition to directing “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” Mr. Purcell was also co-Director and co-Writer of “BRAVE.”

Toy Story and Brave concept artwork will be on display, and Disney Pixar themed prizes will be awarded to children dressed in creative “Toy Story” costumes.  Refreshments will be available for sale from Sonoma Country Day School’s 8th grade class.  The evening will end with a raffle drawing for an exclusive VIP Tour of Pixar for eight (8) guests including lunch with Pixar Director, Steve Purcell.

Collette Michaud, CEO of the Children’s Museum, said “We are excited to bring these two amazing shorts to the big screen right here in Sonoma County.  Seeing “Toy Story” films in a theater is the best way to enjoy a Pixar production, and this festival will be a great event for families of all ages and a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season.”

Event tickets are $30 per person or $100 for a family 4-pack.  Children’s Museum members receive a special discount of $20 per ticket.  Tickets can be purchased online, at the Children’s Museum or at the event (pending availability).  The Children’s Museum is located at 1835 W. Steele Lane in Santa Rosa.

Raffle tickets are $25 each or five (5) for $100, with the lucky winner receiving a special VIP Pixar tour and lunch for eight (8) guests.  Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the Children’s Museum and at the event.

Proceeds from this event will go to the Children’s Museum’s “Finish the Fun!” capital campaign.  The Museum has raised over 95% of their $8.3M goal and encourages families to attend this short film festival in support of the campaign.  Michaud remarked, “Members and guests often ask, ‘when will the rest of the Museum open?’ We always reply, ‘when we finish the campaign!’  This fundraiser is a great way for many families in Sonoma County to help us reach our campaign goal so we can open all of our doors in 2015.”

With support from this event, the Children’s Museum works towards closing the final $410,000 necessary to complete the capital campaign. Exhibit sponsorships and legacy gifts are available.

For more information about the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, the Toy Story short film festival or how you can help “Finish the Fun!,” please visit


Collette Michaud
Children’s Museum of Sonoma County


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