Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

Exclusive PSWCS Medallions at Celebration V

Pete Vilmur | July 20, 2010

For those fans attending Celebration V and keeping a list of cool exclusives to pick up at the show, here’s one you’ll definitely want to add:

The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society will be selling Lucasfilm approved, 1.75” medallions featuring an image of Chewbacca for $10 each at their booth at Celebraion V with all proceeds benefiting Canine Corps.

Canine Corps is an organization that cares for the dogs of US military personnel deployed overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan or Africa. They provide this service free of charge to soldiers who would otherwise be forced to give up their companions for adoption. PSWCS is thrilled to have the opportunity to support our American servicemen through this worthy charity.

This medallion is the second PSWCS has produced and sold for charitable efforts. In 2009 PSWCS sold medallions featuring an image of Obi-Wan Kenobi to benefit Operation Ward 57.

The medallions are a one-time, limited run of 1000.

Learn more about The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society at their website here.

Make-A-Wish Millennium Falcon Team | June 22, 2010

Geekologie reports:
Brandon of Little Mountain Productions recently helped build this Millennium Falcon play-fort topper for 9-year old Christopher as part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation wish-granting.

We are delivering this to 9 year old Christopher tomorrow with Make-A-Wish. This will top off his new play fort in his back yard. It even has solar powered LED interior and exterior lighting.

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Geekologie Reader Helps Build Millennium Falcon Play Fort For Make-A-Wish Foundation

Limited Empire Pins Benefit Charity

Pete Vilmur | June 22, 2010

The Washington DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club (DCSWCC) is proud to announce their fourth bi-annual charity lapel pin sale.

The 2010 pin features Luke Skywalker on his tauntaun with DCSWCC’s signature Washington Monument in the background, in honor of the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. Fourth in DCSWCC’s series of high-quality cloisonne lapel pins, officially sanctioned by Lucasfilm Ltd., each pin is individually stamped and numbered on the back. Only 1000 will ever be made.

All proceeds from the sales of this pin benefit the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, the hospital housing provider for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland. DCSWCC’s support this year will be directed toward military families with critically ill children at BIT’s “House on the Bay” in Ocean City, Maryland. For more information about Believe in Tomorrow, visit their website at

DCSWCC has a rich history of supporting children’s charities in the Washington DC region. Their previous charity pins featured Yoda, Chewbacca, and Boba Fett, and netted over $17,000 for DC Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Inn at NIH, and the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Program.

To order your Luke on tauntaun pin, visit today!

DCSWCC is one of the largest and most active collecting clubs in America, with over 60 members. The club meets monthly and holds special events throughout the year such as socials, picnics, and “Roadshow” appraisal events. For more information, visit the club website at

Ryder Windham Empire Presentation for Rhode Islanders

Pete Vilmur | May 13, 2010

Rhode Island fans may want to drop by Rochambeau Library of Providence on Saturday, May 15 to check out author Ryder Windham’s presentation of rare Empire imagery, an event which also includes a visit from the 501st Legion. Here’s some details from

Ryder Windham, author of over sixty Star Wars and Indiana Jones books, will make a presentation of rare photographs and illustrations related to Empire, and also reveal how vintage Star Wars toys, comic books, and comic strips helped shape our memories of the movie.

If you own books by Ryder Windham, bring them along and he will be happy to sign them for you. We will also be giving away signed souvenirs.

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Canadian Collectors — Give Feedback for Charity

Pete Vilmur | March 19, 2010

JediNews recently posted a survey for Canadian collectors to submit feedback on Hasbro’s Star Wars toy line in Canada . Each entry will benefit the Starlight Foundation in Canada — here’s the word from the site:

Participate in our STAR WARS Online Survey and share your feedback on the STAR WARS brand in Canada!

To thank you for your time, HASBRO CANADA and JEDINEWS.CA will donate 1 STAR WARS toy for every survey completed to the Starlight Foundation of Canada.

Only one survey per email address may be submitted.

This is exclusive to Canadian collectors so if you live outside Canada you will not be able to proceed with the survey. Canadian fans can head here for more details.

Darth Vader Joins Salvation Army Team | November 30, 2009

It’s that time of year again where volunteers dress liked Santa and elves ring a bell outside busy shopping centers to raise money for the Salvation Army.

On Saturday, several volunteers dressed as Star Wars characters took their turn ringing bells at both Jefferson City Wal-mart.

“They figure if characters are willing to come out here dressed up, they’re putting a lot of extra effort into the charity,” said Chris Adams, with the Star Wars 501st Legion, who dressed as Darth Vader. “So they might donate just a little bit extra money than they normally would.”

This is the third year the Star Wars characters volunteered to help ring the bells. The money raised goes to help the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.

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Darth Vader helps ring Salvation Army bells

First Ever SARLACC Charity Pin Now Available!

Pete Vilmur | November 24, 2009


SARLACC, the Seattle ARea Lucasfilm Artifact Collectors Club, recently announced its first collectible lapel pin, available exclusively from their site. Here’s their description:

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, the SARLACC charity pin features the Millennium Falcon flying in to land at the world famous Seattle Space Needle. This high-quality cloisonné pin has a limited run of 1000 and has been officially approved by Lucasfilm Ltd. and Seattle Space Needle. Each pin will come on an individually-numbered card with an image of the Cloud City’s landing platform.

All proceeds from the sale of this pin will benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, whose ultimate mission is the elimination of cancer and related diseases. The Center conducts research of the highest standards to improve prevention and treatment.

To order this limited edition pin, visit the SARLACC site. For more about Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, please visit

Darth Vader Gives Blood Team | November 12, 2009

Darth Vader might like to end board meetings with a Force choke or two, so when he cares about something enough he’s bound to spill some blood, even if it’s his own. Luckily, in this case it was all for a good cause.

Adam Lochowicz and 10 other 501st Legion members of the Red Back Squad in Queensland dressed as Darth Vader, stormtroopers, a sand trooper and other evil characters from Star Wars to give blood at the Robina blood bank.

Northern Star reports:

Lochowicz said he gave a regular blood donation at the Southport blood bank recently and asked if he could bring some storm trooper friends to the Robina bank for a mass donation.

“There were 11 walk-in donations because we were there so it turned out well,” he said. “It would be good to have a national day where all storm troopers in Australia went out in force and donated blood on the same day.”

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Star Wars Medallions Help Wounded Soldiers

Pete Vilmur | October 13, 2009


The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society is currently hosting a charity fundraiser for Operation Ward 57, a medical center which houses some of the most seriously injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The PSWCS has created a limited edition Star Wars medallion to help raise funds for Operation Ward 57, and has already sold through nearly 90% of the 1000-piece run. Here’s the description of the medallions from the PSWCS site:

These medallions were inspired by the concept of “challenge coins” which are popular among military personnel. Given Operation Ward 57′s efforts for wounded service members, PSWCS felt it to be a distinctly appropriate collectible to offer to support the charity.

This will be a 1.75-inch diameter medallion with colored enamel on both faces.

Head on over to to pick up some of the last remaining medallions available, which cost just $10 each.

Charity Auction for Ailing Author John Ostrander Team | September 1, 2009

Beloved Star Wars comics author John Ostrander has been battling glaucoma and like many Americans, has extremely expensive health insurance, which result in costly operations to help him recover his eyesight. So his fans are taking it upon themselves to help raise money with a truly unique auction.

Daily Record reports:

A nonprofit organization, Comix4Sight, was created by Ostrander’s friend and sometime-editor, Mike Gold, to accept donations online. High-profile comic book fans — including New Jersey filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor Patton Oswalt — are among those who gave money and are encouraging others to donate.

In addition, comic book artists have donated more than 100 drawings that are being auctioned, with the proceeds going to the organization.

Gold notes that many of these works were drawn specifically for this occasion. He cited the example of a drawing of Batman and Hawkman (both characters Ostrander has written in the past) done by Joe Kubert, the legendary writer-artist who founded the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts in Dover, and his son Andy Kubert, also an acclaimed artist. Other contributors have included Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons.

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Everyday heroes help comic book writer (via Daily Record)

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