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Wear Star Wars Every Day final fundraising report

It’s almost the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, so while everyone has Star Wars on the brain, time to check in to see how the Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraising campaign did! In the last nine days of 2016, #WearStarWarsEveryDay raised over $2,800 for Collateral Repair Project from thirty-eight donors, which put the total amount raised at $7,935.50. Talk about a big finish! The month of December alone saw donations totaling over $3,800 or nearly half of the total of the project – it looks like everyone was waiting to see if I would make it to the end of the year with my goal of wearing a different Star Wars apparel item every day! We even had a donor chip in the equivalent of a dollar a day! I greatly appreciate everyone’s contributions and I know that Collateral Repair Project also greatly appreciates everyone’s generosity.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to CRP, or donated or lent apparel to me, or otherwise supported the project. Here’s the week 52+ video to recap what I wore in that final week (plus last two days of the year):

I’m amazed that we were able to not only cross the $5,000 threshold in week 51, but we just kept getting donations to push us over $7,500 total, and over $6,000 on the GoFundMe. Just to put it into perspective, $7,935.50 is enough to have Collateral Repair Project provide food for 100 families of four for a month plus purchase 100 sets of school supplies for kids plus purchase 75 mattresses for adults. Still want to make a contribution? You can still help us out by donating at the Wear Star Wars Every Day GoFundMe page, or purchasing Wear Star Wars Every Day apparel up for auction on ebay.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what I wore for Wear Star Wars Every Day. Every day I wore a different Star Wars apparel item, from shirts to hats to costumes to baby clothes – one new item each day, with a bonus item on one day for a total of 367 articles of clothing.

  • 111 items (30%) were owned by me (or Mrs Jawa or Baby Jawa)
  • 217 items (59%) were lent from Wear Star Wars Every Day supporters
  • 39 items (11%) were donated to Wear Star Wars Every Day

We had 3 aloha shirts, 1 bandanna, 3 baseball jerseys, 1 belt, 3 bowling/racing shirts, 2 button down shirts, 5 costume or costume pieces, 1 cover, 1 dress, 1 happi coat, 17 hats, 2 henleys, 1 hockey jersey, 2 long-sleeve shirts, 5 baby onesies, 1 pair of pajama pants, 2 polo shirts, 1 scarf, 1 set of shoelaces, 1 skirt, 2 soccer jerseys, 4 and a half pairs of socks, 1 pair of sweatpants, 9 sweatshirts/sweaters, 2 tank tops, 1 necktie, 2 work shirts, 2 wrist sweatbands, and 288 t-shirts.

Overall, I wore 3 items from Adidas, 5 from TeeFury, 6 from We Love Fine, 9 from Teepublic, 12 items from Her Universe, 13 from Disney (or runDisney), 21 items from Fifth Sun, 21 items from Mad Engine, and 36 official Star Wars Celebration items (covering all the Celebrations as far, except CII). Items came from Ireland, Mexico, Jordan, Germany, Malaysia, Japan and the UK. We had a small number of items from the 1970s and 1980s, a few more from the 1990s, but most from the 2000s and present. All kinds of stuff covered, from individual movies to books and video games and even the Ewoks cartoon, Star Wars In Concert, and the canceled Detours animated series. Items from fan groups included 6 items from Rebel Legion and 23 items from the 501st Legion as well as from about ten different podcasts and sites.

Some of our biggest lenders/donors of apparel are Ian Camaclang (5+ donated), Todd Felton (10 items lent), Margaret Mays (12 lent), Ryan Chung (12 lent), Tom Mascari (12 lent), Kristen Hidalgo (10 donated, 2 lent), Mediocre Jedi (13 lent), Brian Sims (13 lent, 1 donated), Danielle Janda (15 lent), James Sebree (18 lent), Paul Farquhar (25 lent).

Prizes!
For the final push in late December (12/21 to 12/31), I had offered some cool prizes in a random drawing of donors, and we had a lot of donors in this time frame – almost fifty!

  • A set of four Star Wars Topps trading card series books donated by Abrams ComicArts, including two signed by the series editor, Gary Gerani. Winner: Lillian N.
  • A set of four Star Wars Topps trading card series books donated by Abrams ComicArts, including two signed by the series editor, Gary Gerani Winner: Annalee H.
  • Star Wars: Ahsoka novel signed by both the author, E. K. Johnston, and the voice of Ahsoka Tano and audiobook narrator, Ashley Eckstein. Winner: Susan D.
  • LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force, signed by authors Cole Horton and Adam Bray. Winner: Amy F.
  • Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown Advance Uncorrected Proof by Joe Schreiber. Winner: John V.
  • Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt audiobook on CD, written by Chuck Wendig, read by Marc Thompson. Winner: Trina G.
  • Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Christine M.
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Two donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Terry F.
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Michael W.
  • Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Mediocre Jedi
  • Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel hardcover by James Luceno. Winner: MC Y.
  • Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy by Jason Fry. Winner: Nerf
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi paperback by Kevin Hearne. Winner: Maia M.

Big thanks to everyone who donated in the Week 52+ timeframe (from Dec 24 on into 2017): John V., Jennifer Q., Kyle L., Jazz K. R., Shehryar S., Nerf, Mediocre Jedi, Amy F., Tara M., Nick D., Oei One, Lillian N., Anonymous, Yav, Gerard T., Anonymous, Lynn N., Anonymous, Gregory H., Tom H., Diane O., Cyndi G., Brian C., Tony B., Chickaphant, Eliz, Anonymous, Lillian N., Amy W. N., Trina G., Christine M.-K., Holly F., Patricia B., Caitlin S., Michael W., Maliha S., and Margaret M. Also thanks to Ian for donating a shirt worn in week 52, and Dani and Stuart for lending me apparel for week 52.

The final nine days of 2016 covered the holidays and some of my favorite Star Wars clothing items. We had a scarf, a Christmas-themed shirt, a shirt that was a Christmas present, and finished the year with my favorite Star Wars hat, a Captain Rex cap from The Clone Wars, and an Ewok aloha shirt. Every day I wore a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project! This review for Week 52 covers December 23 to December 31 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees. With many borrowed and donated items still unworn, I unofficially kept my streak continuing for another two weeks into January, which can be tracked on this album of the Wear Star Wars Every Day Facebook page and ended with a Baze Malbus running costume.

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, or make a donation via GoFundMe.

And the winner of the Star Wars Notebook Collection is…

Last week, for Star Wars Day, we had a prize drawing for the Star Wars Notebook Collection, a set of three sweet notebooks featuring classic A New Hope artwork on the covers, graciously given to us from the good folks at Chronicle Books. The winner of our contest, randomly selected from the entries, is John Markham. He will be getting the notebook collection, released earlier this year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars! Thanks to our friends at Chronicle Books and watch for more prize drawings!

Win a Star Wars notebook collection!

Since Star Wars Day is coming up later this week, let’s kick May off with a contest! Chronicle Books recently released a Star Wars Notebook Collection to celebrate the 40th anniversary of A New Hope. This three-pack of blank lined notebooks features iconic ANH artwork on the front, back, and inside covers, as well as spot quotations throughout the notebooks. Each notebook has about 60 pages, and is 6 x 8.5 in. Perfect for keeping a journal while you’re waiting for some escaped droids to show up and start you on your hero’s journey. Thanks to our friends at Chronicle Books, we’re giving away one three-notebook set to a random winner!

Want to win? Simply leave a message in the comments of this post by the deadline of 11:59 pm EDT on May 5, 2017, and we’ll announce a random winner on May 7. We can ship the book to a winner in the U.S. or deliver it to you in person if you’ll be attending Origins Game Fair in Columbus in June or San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Good luck and May the 4th be with you!

And the winner of the Jeffrey Brown Star Wars coloring book is…


Last week, we held a prize drawing for the new Star Wars: Darth Vader and Family coloring book featuring the artwork of Jeffrey Brown, donated by Chronicle Books. And the winner is Stephanie! She will be getting a copy of the coloring book that contains tons of the best Star Wars scenes from earlier Jeffrey Brown books, like Vader’s Little Princess, converted into coloring pages, and includes nine new art pieces just for this book. (Adorable Wookiee and other books for illustrative purposes only.) Thanks to our friends at Chronicle Books!

Watch for another prize giveaway this week!

Win the new Jeffrey Brown Star Wars Coloring Book!

Want to get your hands on a copy of the newest Star Wars coloring book, Darth Vader and Family, featuring the art of Jeffrey Brown? Thanks to our friends at Chronicle Books, we’re giving away one copy to a random winner. This adult coloring book has carefully translated the artwork from Jeffrey Brown’s bestselling Darth Vader and Son series, as well as nine new images featuring Darth Vader interacting with young Luke and Leia. Now coloring enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy their favorite moments from the series on larger format pages. The Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book goes on sale March 28, 2017.

Want to win? Simply leave a message in the comments of this post by the deadline of 11:59 pm EDT on March 31, 2017, and we’ll announce a random winner on April 1. We can ship the book to a winner in the US or deliver it to you in person at Star Wars Celebration Orlando (April 13-16).

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 48 & November prize winners

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#WearStarWarsEveryDay survived the madness of Thanksgiving weekend shopping with a streak of game related Star Wars wear, as we finished up November and the Thanks-for-Giving donation drive with some cool prizes! Our top prize package would have been won by Nancy L., but she graciously declined the four book package to have it used again as a prize. As we had four donors who contributed at the level to be eligible for our Topps Star Wars trading card books, they each get a snazzy book! The other two prize packages (a copy of Ahsoka signed by both E.K. Johnston and Ashley Eckstein, and an advance reader copy of Maul: Lockdown) remained elusive – I guess I need to set lower minimum donations for those prizes in the future. Here’s our winners:

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  • Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One from Abrams ComicArts- Shauna R.
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Two from Abrams ComicArts – Yacov F.
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three from Abrams ComicArts – Jen R.
  • Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series from Abrams ComicArts – Danielle J.

So how did Week 48 go? I wore a variety of shirts, including several related to different games, from foosball to Trivial Pursuit to the Bounty Hunt at Star Wars Celebration. And a big thank you to our donors in the Thanksgiving week: Nancy, Yacov, Jen, Shauna, and Danielle. We also give thanks to Mark and Ian who each donated a shirt in this week, and also wish to thank Dani who lent two of the shirts in this time period.

Every day I wear a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project! This review for Week 48 covers November 25 to December 1 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for and the latest happenings at Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, or make a donation via GoFundMe or a per-day pledge.

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 47 & Cyber Monday bonus!

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Celebrating Thanksgiving is what #WearStarWarsEveryDay is all about for Week 47! But more importantly, we have a special offer in our Thanks-for-giving prize drawing! If you donate to Collateral Repair Project via GoFundMe today, Cyber Monday, or tomorrow, Giving Tuesday, I will double your chances of winning a prize in the prize drawing! We have seven different prize packages to give away, including a set of four Topps Star Wars trading card series books, some of which are signed, a copy of Ahsoka signed by both the author E.K. Johnston and audiobook narrator Ashley Eckstein, and an advance uncorrected proof of Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber. Just chip in $20 or more, and you’ll be entered into the prize drawings with double odds! Not even a Corellian gambler can give up those chances to win! (Especially since so few donations have been made, you’re practically guaranteed to win something!) All persons making donations through the end of November will be eligible for the different prize drawings, but your chances are doubled if you donate on 11/28 or 11/29!

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Back to week 47: I wear a variety of shirts, including an Adidas soccer jersey, and a Disney Cast Member exclusive stormtrooper helmet schematic tee. For this stretch of my fundraising campaign for Collateral Repair Project, we give thanks for a bunch of fine folks who lent me some wear this week, including Dani, Lori, Russell, and Trina. Plus a shirt I bought as a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish through the 501st Legion, so now it’s doing double duty! But sadly no donations in this time frame – makes for a sad turkey!

Every day I wear a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project! This review for Week 47 covers November 18 to November 24 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for and the latest happenings at Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, or make a donation via GoFundMe or a per-day pledge.

Wear Star Wars Every Day: November Thanks-for-giving prize drawing!

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Just like your local PBS station, it’s time for another donation drive for Collateral Repair Project via #WearStarWarsEveryDay! We can’t do it without the support of viewers like you! With Thanksgiving on the horizon, I’m turning the rest of the month of November into a big Thanks-for-giving promotion with a huge pile of prizes available to good people who donate to help Collateral Repair Project in their goal of providing emergency assistance, education, and community support for urban refugees in Amman, Jordan.

Donate at least $20 to the Wear Star Wars Every Day GoFundMe from November 14 to November 30, and you’ll be entered into prize drawings for some very cool Star Wars book prizes, including some awesome titles from Abrams Books!

  • A set of four Star Wars Topps trading card series books from Abrams ComicArts. These books contain the artwork of the full sets of the original Topps trading cards for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Star Wars Galaxy trading card sets. Plus each book contains a packet of bonus cards. Plus, the Return of the Jedi book and Star Wars Galaxy book are signed by the author of the introduction and commentary, Gary Gerani, the original editor of the Star Wars Topps series. This four book set will go to a random donor who donates at least $75 on the GoFundMe from 11/14 to 11/30.
  • A signed copy of Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston from Disney Lucasfilm Press. The new Ahsoka young adult novel, signed by both the author, E. K. Johnston, and the voice of Ahsoka Tano and audiobook narrator, Ashley Eckstein. This book will go to a random donor who donates at least $40 on the GoFundMe from 11/14 to 11/30.
  • Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown Advance Uncorrected Proof by Joe Schreiber from Del Rey. This advance copy of Maul Lockdown was published in 2013 for advance reviewers and others prior to the novel’s hardcover release in January 2014. This uncorrected proof will go to a random donor who donates at least $40 on the GoFundMe from 11/14 to 11/30.
  • Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One from Abrams ComicArts. At nearly 550 pages, this volume reprints all the original Topps Star Wars trading cards from 1977 and 1978 – all five sets, including sticker cards. Plus it also covers the Wonder Bread Star Wars trading cards and comes with a pack of four bonus trading cards. This 2015 book will go to a random donor who donates at least $20 on the GoFundMe from 11/14 to 11/30.
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Two from Abrams ComicArts. This volume reprints all the 1980 Topps trading cards for The Empire Strikes Back, all three sets, sticker cards, and giant photocards. Plus it comes with a pack of four bonus trading cards. This 2016 book will go to a random donor who donates at least $20 on the GoFundMe from 11/14 to 11/30.
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three from Abrams ComicArts. This volume reprints all the 1983 Topps trading cards for Return of the Jedi, both sets, sticker cards. Plus it comes with a pack of four bonus trading cards and contains a signed and numbered bookplate by Gary Gerani, the original editor of Topps Star Wars trading cards and author of the book’s introduction and commentary. This 2016 book will go to a random donor who donates at least $20 on the GoFundMe from 11/14 to 11/30.
  • Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series from Abrams ComicArts. This volume reprints all the Topps trading cards in the Star Wars Galaxy trading card series from 1993 to 1995 showcasing original art from a lot of big names in comic, movie and fantasy art. Plus it comes with a pack of four bonus trading cards and contains a signed bookplate by Gary Gerani, the original editor of Topps Star Wars trading cards and author of the book’s introduction and commentary. This 2016 book will go to a random donor who donates at least $20 on the GoFundMe from 11/14 to 11/30.

Drawing will be held in early December, and all prize winners will be notified by email. Star Wars Topps Trading Card books generously donated by Abrams Books. Good luck! Remember that your donations help Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit that provides assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees. Learn more about Wear Star Wars Every Day!

Thanks for giving to Collateral Repair Project via Wear Star Wars Every Day!

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Force Friday Podcast Listener Challenge is on today!

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Happy #ForceFriday (or #RogueFriday) – Not only is it time to hit the retailers to see what cool Rogue One merchandise is out, but it’s also the big day for the Force Friday Podcast Listener Challenge for Wear Star Wars Every Day! As mentioned earlier, this is a big one-day push for donations to Collateral Repair Project, the nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support for urban refugees.

Which Star Wars-related podcast will show that its listeners have the biggest hearts? Listeners can show support for their favorite podcast by making a donation to CRP on the Wear Star Wars Every Day GoFundMe and listing their favorite show in the comments.


Nick at Coffee with Kenobi helped kick off this challenge, and he has set a goal for Coffee with Kenobi listeners: $500 in donations! Now Stephen at Beltway Banthas has answered the challenge, in a special episode just for this fundraising blitz: he thinks the listeners of Beltway Banthas can out-do Coffee with Kenobi – and they’ve already started! And we know that Full of Sith, Skywalking through Neverland, Brews and Blasters, Jedi News UK, Tosche Station Radio, and others are raring for their listeners to represent and make a difference!

Remember, if we raise a simple $75 just today, I’ll show off a really cool item of Star Wars wear: a one-of-a-kind game-worn signed Durham Bulls R2-D2 baseball jersey, lent by Nick at Coffee with Kenobi, who obtained it by donating in a charity auction for the Autism Society of North Carolina in 2014. Now it’s back to help another great cause!

Is your favorite podcast alerting its listeners to chip in for the Force Friday challenge? If so, leave a comment here and give them a shout out!

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, and about Collateral Repair Project.

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 33 & more prizes


Want even more incentive to donate to Wear Star Wars Every Day this August! We’ve got another book prize added to this month’s prize drawings! Watch the video to see what it is! One copy of this mystery book will be given to a random person who donates to Collateral Repair Project via the GoFundMe in August. This is on top of the previously announced prize drawings, including the advance reader copy of Ahsoka, by E. K. Johnston, the Celebration Europe 2016 crew shirt, and the Celebration Europe 2016 Rusty Droid bottle opener.

Great big thanks to our sole GoFundMe donor this week, Dennis, who heard about Wear Star Wars Every Day from my guest appearance on episode 57 of the Coffee with Kenobi podcast (where I also talk about Bloodline and Aftermath: Life Debt). Additionally, Skywalking Through Neverland also had me on their recent podcast to give an update on this fundraising campaign, so big thanks to the fine folks at Coffee with Kenobi and Skywalking Through Neverland for their support in helping me spread the word about Collateral Repair Project and Wear Star Wars Every Day.

And thanks to everyone who has lent me apparel that I’ve worn for week 33 – all seven articles of clothing were lent from supporters: Donna, Anastasia, Paul, Margaret, James & Mark! Remember, every day i keep the streak of wearing a different Star Wars apparel item going, that’s another $4.65 pledged from my donors! This week, we’ve got stuff from the Rebel Legion at Celebration VI, shirts from Japan and Malaysia, and a throwback to one of the first Star Wars museum exhibitions. This review for Week 33 covers August 12 to August 18 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Wear Star Wars Every Day so far, both our one-time donors and our per-day pledgemakers. Each day I continue my project is another $4.65 donated by our pledge makers. I’d love to get that total up to $5.00 even (or higher!) for the second half of 2016. If you’d like to chip in at a dime a day or a quarter per day (or more), make your pledge at the per-day pledge form and you can choose whether to support the project for the entire year, or just start at the beginning of September. Or you can just make a one-time or monthly donation at GoFundMe.com/WearStarWars2016. Remember, if you donate in August, you might be eligible to win the prize drawings for an ARC of the upcoming Ahsoka novel, a Star Wars Celebration Europe Crew shirt, and more!

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, or make a donation or a per-day pledge!