Hang with Jack Black? Yes, you can

Screen shot of the Water Ranch charity promotion page

TONASKET — One lunch charity raffle winner will be able hang out with famous Hollywood actor and musician Jack Black this month, and at the same time help support the proposed Tonasket Water Ranch and Pool Project.

Black recently announced his effort, which includes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with the actor on the set of Black’s latest film, “Goosebumps.”

For donations of $10 to $5,000 to the Water Ranch, participants will be issued a proportional number of entries into the charity raffle, online at www.omaze.com/jackblack.

In addition to the grand prize, Black has agreed to several other prizes for donations, from a personalized e-thank you card to an autographed guitar.

According to the website, Omaze, “you and your guest will fly to Atlanta to spend the day on the set of ‘Goosebumps’ where I’ll take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the closed set.”

Jack’s father and step-mother, Tom and Linda Black, live in the area and are proponents of the future Water Ranch.

Linda Black said she got the idea for the water park after she saw her grandchildren playing in Legoland.

“They just loved it,” Black said.

After the town pool closed in 2011, Black and a group of volunteers set out to make the Water Ranch dream a reality. Having already raised around $220,000 – but still short of the $300,000 benchmark – Black decided to contact her step-son, Jack Black.

“He said, can’t I just give you a little money,” Black said.

She told him no, and he proceeded to asked her what she wanted him to do.

“Just do like you do to Dad and me on the set,” Black said she told him.

“Jack’s going to take people into their trailers, get their hair done by Roz, Jack’s friend since age 20, and watch how the movie’s going to be made,” she said. “Jack’s actually paying for the hotel and the flight.”

Aside from the water park, a portion of the proceeds will help build a new swimming pool.

“The city is in support, but can’t afford it,” said Karen Stangland with the Tonasket Pool Project. “The only downfall is, it’s a pretty short campaign. He’s off set on July 10.”

The Omaze site says the winners will be announced June 24, with the trip to occur between June 30 and July 3.

“We’re going to open this summer… we start digging July 7,” Linda Black said.

When completed, the 3,500-plus-square-foot water park will feature 15 ranch and farm related eco-friendly water features.

“I know it’s going to be good for Tonasket in many ways,” Black said.

Tonasket will be the second community in the county to have a water playground for children.

In the fall of 2011, the city of Pateros completed a similar project. The “splash pad” is a smaller, water feature for children in the Pateros mall.

A video from Jack Black is on The Chronicle website at www.omakchronicle.com.

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