The latest movie based on a bestselling novel from Nicholas Sparks will premiere Friday, April 20.  The movie, The Lucky One, stars Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner.

A Marine Corps Sergeant, played by Efron, returns from his third Iraq deployment.  He believes that he is alive due to a photograph of a woman that he has never met.  Determined to meet his “lucky charm,” he learns her name and where she lives and shows up at her door.  By taking a job working for her family’s business, he is able to spend more time with her.  Through their time together, a romance begins.  Sparks is a master storyteller and will no doubt require movie-goers to bring their tissues. (Past movies include A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, The Last Song and Dear John.)

This beautiful story takes place in North Carolina, home to Nicholas Sparks and to Hope For The Warriors®.  For this movie, the Nicholas Sparks Foundation is hosting a Celebrity Family Weekend.  The weekend includes a Family Fun Night on Friday, including the movie’s premiere in New Bern.  Saturday will be a golf tournament and Sunday will begin with a 5K race.  If you live in the area, please come out for one or more events.  (Event Website.)

Authors often create stories that swirl around love and war.  Perhaps it is the appeal of a man in uniform, the inevitable heartbreak of war or something less complicated.  Afterall, it is easy to acknowledge that war will pull at couples today–and often pull them apart, even if just temporarily.  Our military is filled with stories that are romantic, exhilarating, joyous, surprising, agonizing and yes, tragic. 

Several wounded service members and military families are invited guests to the movie premiere and will also attend the golf tournament and 5K race.  Their stories might not be made into a movie, but they are just as inspiring.  These families have served together, sacrificed together and in spite of their challenges, they have stayed together. 

Hope For The Warriors® is excited to be a beneficiary of the Nicholas Sparks Foundation along with two other worthy nonprofits.  We thank the foundation for recognizing the challenges and the needs of our military families both in North Carolina and throughout the country.

See you at the movies!