Picture-perfect weather created a great backdrop for Midwest Propane’s first annual “Fueling the Fight Family Movie Night” in August.

“Hundreds of guests joined us under the stars at the Cass County Council on Aging for a variety of activities to raise money for the West Michigan Cancer Center,” reports Patty Nowlin, communications director for Midwest Energy Cooperative.

Gathered around a giant outdoor movie screen on blankets and lawn chairs, guests enjoyed the Disney/Pixar family movie, “UP”. The movie was free, and attendees were encouraged to make a donation. Additional funds were raised through tethered rides in the eight-story Touchstone Energy hot air balloon, and raffle prizes and food prepared by a local favorite, Smokin’ Good BBQ.

Over $4,400 was raised just through the Movie Night festivities, but Midwest Propane also donated one penny for every gallon of gas delivered in August, the highest delivery month of the year. The total 2015 donation to the Cancer Center was $9,000, Nowlin said.

“We raised a lot of money to support a great organization, and provided a fun venue for families to come together and create wonderful memories.”

Midwest Propane is a subsidiary of Midwest Energy Cooperative.