This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Kevin Farrell about upcoming screenings of “Free Willy” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which will benefit a scholarship at Marywood University.

Residence: Scranton

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and writing from University of Arkansas — Fort Smith and master’s degree in college student personnel from Arkansas Tech University

Title: Director of alumni engagement at Marywood University

Q: How does the fundraiser work?

A: The cost of admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Proceeds from the events will be donated to the Marywood Lackawanna County Alumni Chapter Endowed Scholarship.

Q: What else will be on hand at the event?

A: In addition to the movie features, attendees can purchase basket raffle tickets (cash only), and the winner will be announced prior to the start of each of the movies. The basket for “Free Willy” includes passes to the Electric City Aquarium & Reptile Den, gift certificates to Hank’s Hoagies, “Free Willy” movie and popcorn, beach and summer fun items, goldfish crackers and more. The “Harry Potter” basket includes gift certificates to Hank’s Hoagies, “Harry Potter” movie and popcorn, back-to-school supplies, a “Harry Potter” joke book and jigsaw puzzle, candy and more.

Q: What is your fundraising goal?

A: Since this is the first time hosting this event, the ultimate goal for the event is to get people out to enjoy a night of seeing friends, having fun and enjoying classic movies on the big screen. The alumni office is appreciative of the Circle Drive-in staff and our alumni volunteers for their generosity of time and financial support in putting these movies together. We are hoping, of course, to fill the Circle Drive-in with all those interested in seeing these great films on the big screen.

Q: How will proceeds be used?

A: Proceeds will support the Marywood Lackawanna County Alumni Chapter Endowed Scholarship, which was established in 2002 by Marywood graduates to provide financial support for undergraduate students who live in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Q: What is unique about this event?

A: Over the past year, it has been difficult to host events where there is an in-person gathering, even at venues such as the Circle Drive-in. Now that the community is beginning to feel more comfortable in these settings, we are hoping to bring people together again. This particular event is one which brings back a sense of nostalgia for those who may have seen the movie back when it first came out, and it’s also a chance for families to enjoy these throwbacks for a one night-only showing on the big screen.