Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

Cow Trooper! Team | August 24, 2009

The 501st Legion’s Noel Green (TK-8541) is very close to winning the top spot in the Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day contest on Facebook!

In true Star Wars fan fashion, Noel has pledged to donate the potential grand prize (a year’s worth of meals) to his local food bank in New Mexico, but he can’t do it without the support of fellow Star Wars fans everywhere.

DAILY VOTES are now critical with voting ending in just a few days on August 31st!

Once per day, go to the following link, then click ‘Vote’ and then click ‘Highest Rated’ and you’ll see the black and white Cow Trooper among the top contestants!

Comic-Con 2009: The Empire Muggs Back Team | July 29, 2009

If you were at San Diego Comic-Con International this year then you may have spotted our display cases featuring customized Star Wars Mighty Mugg art pieces for The Empire Muggs Back — a charity art show to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The cases showed off Mighty Muggs from toy designers, graffiti artists, tattoo artists, comic book artists, Star Wars artists, Robot Chicken model makers, puppeteers, and artists, and even a few celebrities like Clone Wars director Dave Filoni, Fanboys director Kyle Newman, actress Jaime King, and The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin.

In addition to checking out the display, fans were able to pick up info cards and limited-edition pins (a different pin passed out each day of Comic-Con). All participating artists get pins and an Empire Muggs Back t-shirt.

Here’s some photos of The Empire Muggs Back at Comic-Con:

(The Clone Wars director Dave Filoni poses with his Aurra Sing and Cad Bane Mighty Muggs.)

(Robot Chicken and Shadow Machine’s Rebecca Van Cleve poses with her Ackbar cereal art.)


Stormtroopers to Invade Roller Derby!

Bonnie Burton | May 27, 2009

Ft. Wayne and Indianapolis are like the Empire and Rebellion in Indiana when it comes to roller derby teams, so it seemed only fitting to have the 501st and Rebel Legion come along for Cyclone Wars!

Rebel Legion Commanding Officer Matthew W. Hofmann reports:

About 30 costumed characters from the Rebel Legion and 501st will be at this event, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, the Fetts, and R2-D2 along with all your favorite armored or lightsaber-wielding friends. They’ll also be having a Jail and Bail to benefit Girls Inc. of Indianapolis and a halftime target practice show featuring the Rebel Legion teaching future members of the Rebellion how to shoot TKs with dart guns for fun and fabulous Star Wars and Naptown Roller Girls prizes!

It’s this Saturday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Get ticket info here. Tickets will remain on sale until midnight, Friday, May 29. Doors open at 5 pm, and the double header begins at about 5:30 pm.

May the Force be with your roller skates!

SW Auction to Aid Aussie Bush Fire Victims

Pete Vilmur | April 14, 2009


Star Wars fans in Australia have banded together to help victims of recent bush fires that ravaged the state of Victoria, posting several eBay auctions of items donated by actors from the saga, Lucasfilm, and others.

From the Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009 website:

On February 7th 2009, the state of Victoria in Australia was ravaged by Bushfires.

These wildfires destroyed thousands upon thousands of hectares of native forests and laid waste to many townships.

Over 2000 homes were destroyed and over 7000 people were left homeless by these fires which burned out of control for many weeks. Over 200 people were reported to have lost their lives in what was to become known as Australia’s worst natural disaster.

The people of Australia however were not beaten by these events and they rallied together as one to help those in need. Countless donations of clothes and food flooded into relief centers and thousands of volunteers lined up to help. People donated their time, their homes and opened their hearts to help those effected by the fires.

Head over to the charity’s official website for more details, and also don’t miss the over two-dozen signed items currently up for bids from Dave Prowse, Kenny Baker, Jeremy Bulloch, Bonnie Piesse, and others!

Aaron Allston in the Hospital

Bonnie Burton | April 3, 2009

We just heard word today that Del Rey Outcast author Aaron Allston underwent bypass surgery yesterday, and is currently in recovery in the hospital.

Aaron’s family has set up a blood donation sponsorship. If anyone in the Dallas area would like to donate blood, you can go to the National Blood Exchange or Carter BloodCare. Say that you are donating blood for Aaron Allston, patient of Carter Blood Care in Bedford, TX, and give his sponsor number: SPON 047786.

Please send any cards to:
(But please DO NOT send any perishable items or flowers)

Aaron Allston
c/o Del Rey Books
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

As soon as we get more information we’ll update this story.
We all wish Aaron Allston well and hope he recovers quickly.

UPDATE: For the latest on Aaron’s recovery, please check out this Livejournal Blog: Aaron Allston Info

Lift the Falcon and R2-D2 with Your Beard?

Bonnie Burton | February 13, 2009

Sure you can pick up your Millennium Falcon and R2-D2 models with ease, but can your beard pick them both up all by itself? Yeah, we didn’t think so. But Eamon Daly can, and he’s doing it for a good cause.

My name is Eamon Daly. I’ve been growing my beard since August of 2008 and only recently came to appreciate its amazing power: the power to lift heavy objects…and the human spirit. Help my beard help Chicago’s Off the Street Club as we start an incredible journey together to discover the Things My Beard Can Lift!

Lift 1 is in the can! For my seven pound object, I lifted a Millennium Falcon model and an iron R2-D2 sculpture, graciously provided by fellow beard-wearer Brad Priller and originally suggested by Liam and Paddy May.

Read more here:
Things My Beard Can Lift: Millennium Falcon

Star Wars Hockey Jersey for Charity Team | February 13, 2009

PORT HURON, MI – “May the Force be with you” on Saturday, Feb. 28 when the Port Huron Icehawks hold their second annual Star Wars Night at McMorran Arena. Tickets are just $5 for kids 14-and-under and seniors 62-and-over.

Characters from the classic Star Wars films will descend on the rink as the Icehawks take on the Bloomington PrairieThunder at 7:30 p.m. Meet over a dozen characters from the 501st and Rebel Legions and get your photo taken in front of a Death Star backdrop. You can also test your skills at the Blaster Range, see a Sandtrooper on skates and watch to see which character drops the ceremonial first puck.

The players will also wear specialty Star Wars jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game in a live, on-ice auction. Don’t miss your chance to own this one-of-a-kind piece of Icehawks/Star Wars memorabilia. Proceeds benefit the Cherry Beach Council on Aging.

Star Wars Night is a unique and fun night out. Bring the whole family to enjoy some quality hockey and see characters from the popular films up close,” Icehawks Game Day and Community Relations Coordinator Kelly Carroll said. “We have discounted our tickets for this special night so that it is affordable for the entire family.”

Tickets for Star Wars Night and all Icehawks home games are available now at the Icehawks office, McMorran Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations and The discounted tickets for kids and seniors can be purchased day of game only. For more information call 810-966-3800.

Get more info here.

George Lucas Wants You to Rock Team | January 12, 2009

Itching to start up your own awesome band? Maybe buying a brand new Gibson guitar signed by George Lucas will motivate you to become a rock god. Lucky for you, George Lucas joins other icons, artists, and musicians to raise money with a special upcoming Guitar Gala to help keep the legendary Phoenix building stay standing and offering music and art programs to the citizens of Petaluma, Calif.

The Guitar Gala will feature approximately 20 guitars (donated by the Gibson Foundation), each designed and customized by local and nationally recognized visual artists.

In additon to filmmaker George Lucas, other artists committed to the program include Devo, Seth Green of Robot Chicken, Stan Lee of Marvel Comics, Les Claypool of Primus, Jack Haye, Chris Clark (of Motown fame), Michael Garlington, Chris Jehly, Anna Oneglia, Lia May-Bird, Ricky Watts, Jared Powell, Josh Staples of the New Trust, and Jason Jenkins. The event will feature a live Internet auction of the guitars as well as a silent auction.

The entire proceeds from the Guitar Gala will be dedicated to supporting the free-of-charge after-school music, theater and arts programs for at-risk youth of the North Bay — as well as to help preserve the historic Phoenix Theater, which has served as an important performing arts venue for over 100 years — hosting a diverse group of artists ranging from Enrico Caruso to Louis Armstrong, from Carlos Santana, Sublime, and Metallica to Green Day and Hilary Duff.

The gala takes place Feb. 27-28, 2009 at the Petaluma Phoenix Center in Petaluma, Calif.

Learn more about the event and the guitars up for auction here:
The Phoenix Carnaval and Guitar Gala

Boba Fett Charity Lapel Pin

Bonnie Burton | December 9, 2008

‘Tis the season for giving — an animated Boba Fett lapel pin! Order now to ensure delivery before Christmas! Washington DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club (DCSWCC) has inventoried and verified the last of their third bi-annual charity lapel pin and updated their store.

First announced during Memorial Day weekend, the 2008 pin features animated Boba Fett with DCSWCC’s signature Washington Monument as his rocket, in honor of the 30th anniversary of his appearance in The Star Wars Holiday Special. Third 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 1,000 were made.

All proceeds from the sales of this pin benefit the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Program, whose mission is to prevent burns and improve the quality of life for young burn survivors and their families in the Mid-Atlantic region. ACBC provides funding for research, annual therapeutic residential burn camps, and other year-round activities that support their physical, psychological, and social needs. For more information about ACBC, visit their web site here.

To order your Boba Fett pin, visit the DCSWCC store here.

DCSWCC is one of the largest and most active collecting clubs in America, with over 50 members. The club meets monthly and holds special events such as socials and “Roadshow” appraisal events throughout the year. For more information, visit the club’s website at


Chewbacca Fan for Locks of Love

Bonnie Burton | December 3, 2008

Chewbacca collector and Star Wars fan Skye shows off his awesome Chewbacca stash of toys, towels, dolls, art, and more while explaining why he’s decided to cut off his hair for the charity Locks of Love this holiday season.

“A while ago a dear family friend of mine’s child came down with very serious Cancer and at the same time I heard of this charity. Once I got my nerve up, I knew what was to be done. My goal with the video was to raise awareness for the charity and to inspire other long haired Star Wars to dedicate their hair to people who need it more than they do.”

VIDEO: Chewbacca for Locks of Love