Actor Ralph Macchio will attend a screening of “The Karate Kid,” the 1984 film that propelled him to stardom, this Saturday, November 19, at the Southampton High School to help raise money for a local wildlife rescue organization.
The film screening is a fundraiser for the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays, a nonprofit dedicated to rehabilitating animals that have been affected by the encroachment of humans. The center, located at Munn’s Pond County Park, includes a veterinary hospital that is operated with the help of rehabilitators, biologists, animal behaviorists and volunteers.
Mr. Macchio said he learned of the organization and the work it does through a few close friends of his, and decided to get involved and help out.
“I wanted to shed light on the organization and support [it] in any way I can,” he said in an email interview. “This seems like a nice idea to bring some attention to the cause.”
No stranger to the East End, Mr. Macchio said he’s visited the area since the early 1980s and has enjoyed all it has to offer. He enjoyed it so much that his family built a house in Montauk in 1986.
“Generations in my family love to spend time out there,” he said. “It’s a special place. Now, if only for the traffic, it would be perfect.”
Prior to landing a role as Daniel Larusso in “The Karate Kid,” Mr. Macchio acted in a few television shows and “The Outsiders,” but it was memorable lines like “wax on, wax off” that solidified his place in the public consciousness.
“‘Karate Kid’ is the fan’s movie,” Mr. Macchio said. “It has become part of all of our childhoods and seems to be continuing for generations to come. I do not take this for granted and feel privileged to have been connected to this piece of American pop culture.
“Wax onward!” he added.
“The Karate Kid” movie screening fundraiser will take place on Saturday, November 19, at 7 p.m. at Southampton High School. The cost is $25 for adults, and free for children 10 and under with a paid adult. VIP tickets are $50, which includes a photo opportunity with Mr. Macchio. To purchase tickets or find out more information, call 631-728-9453 or visit wildliferescuecenter.org.