December 1st, 2011 by Paula · No Comments
Remember last year when the Star Wars community rallied around Katie in Chicago who was bullied for liking Star Wars? Everyone wore Star Wars and was encouraged to donate a Star Wars toy in her honor.
We’re going to do it again this year! Friday, December 16th is the day to wear Star Wars in some sort of capacity.
Fans are also encouraged to donate a Star Wars toy to a charity (labeled as “either boy OR girl”). If you’d like to really keep it in the Star Wars family, the 501st is a big supporter of Toys for Tots.
Filed: fandom · star wars
Tagged: charity · holidays · katie the star wars girl · kids
September 15th, 2011 by Dunc · No Comments
Lucasfilm, eBay, Major Laegue Baseball and several celebrities are launching a new campaign teaming up with the organization Stand Up to Cancer, which funds “groundbreaking cancer research.”
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July 6th, 2011 by Paula · 2 Comments
With coverage on Today, little Princess Leah Esquenazi is getting a lot more attention than just from Star Wars fans.
What started as word of mouth with Star Wars fans through a Facebook page and other online presences like the 501st, Artoo-Katee and even Steve Sansweet, has turned into nearly $20,000, a fundraiser raffle and lots of guesses to try and help this little baby with the mysterious illness that is affecting her muscles and breathing.
Her family is keeping everyone updated through a blog and are trying to stay positive.
If you are so inclined to help the family with a donation, there is a donation function on the web page.
Tagged: 501st legion · charity · kids
April 27th, 2011 by Dunc · 2 Comments
Star Wars fans have started the ‘We Are Jedi’ project to help raise funds for those affected by the last month’s destructive earthquake and tsunami. The fruits of the first project – a limited-edition t-shirt – are now available for order.
They have Lucasfilm’s blessing, and proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross.
Filed: fandom · geek life
August 4th, 2010 by Dunc · 5 Comments
George Lucas is among the billionaires making a public pledge to give away at least half their wealth to charity. In a letter posted on The Giving Pledge website, Lucas writes:
My pledge is to the process; as long as I have the resources at my disposal, I will seek to raise the bar for future generations of students of all ages.
I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race. We have to plan for our collective future – and the first step begins with the social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children. As humans, our greatest tool for survival is our ability to think and to adapt – as educators, storytellers, and communicators our responsibility is to continue to do so.
The “Giving Pledge,” spearheaded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, is intended to set an example of the importance of philanthropy.
Tagged: charity · george lucas
July 20th, 2010 by Dunc · 4 Comments
The ‘lost’ Star Wars artwork of Ralph McQuarrie will be on display at Celebration. The pieces – discovered due to a furnace repair too late to make The Art of Ralph McQuarrie – include “design work on characters, creatures, spacecraft, weapons and worlds.”
Tagged: celebration v · charity · ralph mcquarrie · star tours
March 28th, 2010 by Paula · No Comments
Star Wars fans are familiar with the sad time of little official activity. (Remember the Dark Times?)
So Bart tells us that some Browncoats, not ones to sit around and wait for the occasional awesome comic, are making their own story to bide the time called Browncoats: Redemption. In order to avoid painful imitations of beloved characters, they’re creating an all new crew.
And to keep this in the spirit of Browncoats, they’re going to be collecting for charity, including: Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, Dyslexia Foundation, the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, and the Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation.
Good luck to them!
Filed: fandom · film · tv
Tagged: charity · firefly · joss whedon
March 5th, 2010 by Paula · No Comments
A recent fund-raising drive by Harry Potter fans has raised enough funds (US$123,000!) for Partners in Health to fill three planes worth of supplies for Haiti.
The first of the three planes, named Harry, has been deployed. Ron and Hermione are to follow.
Congratulations to The HP Alliance and all the Harry Potter fans for this monumental achievement. Other fandoms will be hard-pressed to match this one!
Tagged: charity · harry potter
November 25th, 2009 by Dunc · 1 Comment
Bitchin’ Endor. You’re sure to get a kick out of today’s most famous Star Wars eBay listing, i hate this stupid ewok. On that note, this is apparently the 25th anniversary of the debut of the first Ewok movie, Caravan of Courage. I’m sure everyone was all waiting breathlessly for that one back in the day.
Celeb fans. Bonnie talks Star Wars (and The Guild and Dr. Horrible and such) with geek of note Felicia Day.
Contests. Hasbro has picked the winner of their diorama contest.
Charity. The Seattle Area Lucasfilm Artifact Collectors Club, aka SARLACC, are selling a collectible lapel pin to raise money for cancer research.
What. Device to subdue rampaging elephants inspired by Empire Strikes Back? Sure, why not.
Tagged: charity · contests · ebay · ewoks · felicia day · hasbro · interviews
October 27th, 2009 by Dunc · No Comments
TFN spotted this amusing novelty product at – where else? – Thinkgeek. Taunt your pets and coworkers with them for a mere $14.99.
In less wacky and far more pricey lightsaber news, a Master Replicas saber signed by George Lucas, Samuel L. Jackson, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Nick Gillard is being auctioned on eBay to raise money for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.
Tagged: charity · ewan mcgregor · george lucas · gift guide · liam neeson · lightsabers · merchandise · samuel l jackson · thinkgeek · wacky merchandise