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Actor Matt Damon has raised $192,000 for a children’s charity by attending the premiere of his new film in Oklahoma City.

Damon, along with producer Frank Marshall, appeared at the red carpet opening of their new movie, The Bourne Ultimatum, held at Bricktown Cinema on July 31. At least 1000 people packed the theater, and the money raised will go to The Children's Center, a non-profit Bethany hospital that provides medical care, rehabilitative therapies, and special education to children with medical and physical disabilities.

“That’s great!” said Damon when he heard the amount. “It’s such a tangible thing when you start seeing programs and buildings and people’s lives are changing because of this.”

The Bourne Ultimatum is the third spy thriller in the series, but it is not the first time the movie franchise has raised funds for The Children’s Center. The gala premiere of the second film, The Bourne Supremacy, raised $100,000 for the charity, and in 2006 Marshall raised $150,000 at the premiere for his film “Eight Below”.

Scott Coppenbarger, Communications Director for The Children’s Center, is extremely excited with the work carried out by Damon and Marshall, and thinks they are the best thing to ever happen to the center.

“When you’ve got a Hollywood premiere to help get your name out there, it’s just so unbelievable and we’re so appreciative.”

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