Warner Bros. gives $1 million as donations for theater shooting victims pour in
AURORA, Colo. — The studio that made “The Dark Knight Rises” has donated $1 million to victims of the July 20 shooting at an Aurora movie theater that was screening a premiere of the film.
While the studio has said it will not disclose the exact amount, but told the Hollywood Reporter it will be “substantial”, FOX31 Denver has confirmed the studio’s donation is for the amount of $1 million.
The Reporter also cited sources who claimed Warner Bros. have been in contact with Governor John Hickenlooper’s office about contributing to Colorado’s Community First Foundation.
“We’re trying to bring all the donations, all the generosity and resources into one place,” Hickenlooper said Tuesday. “There’s going to be some serious needs. And that’s been recognized and we have had calls from all over the United States.”
Hickenlooper said he received a voicemail from an executive at General Electric who promised to donate to the fund.
And on Tuesday afternoon, Ed Bozarth Chevrolet made a $50,000 donation to the fund.
Sources told FOX31 that the CEO of Warner Bros. also sent out an email to employees of the studio encouraging them to personally donate, as well.
The studio has already made several concessions due to the tragedy, which saw a gunman shoot 70 and kill 12 at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Studio executives delayed the reporting of box office earnings from the film’s first weekend, which have now been reported at $160.89 million — a record for a 2D release.
The studio also pulled all the commercial trailers for “Dark Knight” that showed gun violence, and all trailers for its upcoming film, “Gangster Squad,” which features a heavy amount of gun violence.
Donations pour into Redfield scholarship fund
An effort to create a scholarship fund in memory of Jessica Redfield, a former FOX31 sports intern and aspiring sports broadcaster, is already closing in on its goal of $20,000 in donations.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the fund had received nearly $17,000 in donations.
According to a tweet from Peter Burns, the Los Angeles Kings organization made a $10,000 donation in memory of Redfield, whose favorite sport was hockey.
The Kings are owned by Phil Anschutz, a Colorado billionaire.
Additionally, some of the country’s best-known female sportscasters have offered their help with the fund, including Erin Andrews, Bonnie Bernstein and Charissa Thompson.