There Was No Stopping the CSTS Signal in 2015!

With the auction closing out the 2015 Can’t Stop the Serenity season in November, it’s hard to believe another year is over. But what a celebration our tenth year has been!

59 events in 45 cities across 7 countries raised over $90,000 for Equality Now and 19 other charities (you can view the full list of donations and charities on the Global Donation Tally page). A Virtual Shindig covered the globe and Sean Faust donated 50% of sales from his song Signal. We had a huge auction with over 50 lots including many rare collectibles and items signed by a variety of Whedonverse favourites.

It may have been one of our most diverse years with Affiliate events that included fundraising raffles in booths at conventions, board game days, a concert, Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog* screenings and a painting class.

Not to be outdone the screening events pulled out all the stops with live music, comedians, costume contests, midnight screenings, auctions, raffles, games and special guests including Firefly alumni Jewel Staite, Loni Peristere and Adam “Mojo” Lebowitz. And New York co-hosted their event with Equality Now which gave attendees a great opportunity to talk with those directly involved with the charity and the EN staff got to experience the fun we have raising money for them. We hear there might have even been a Browncoat conversion or two.

We were very happy to welcome plenty of new Can’t Stop the Serenity cities this year including Surrey, Newtown, Brake, Fairfax, Jenkintown, Crest Hill, Gaffney and Narre Warren. It was especially good to welcome back cities who have been out in the black and not held a CSTS event for years like Adelaide, Paris, Cleveland, Edinburgh, and Milwaukee.

And huge congratulations to the 13 foundation cities who also celebrated their 10th year holding Can’t Stop the Serenity events: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Melbourne, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh,Seattle, Toronto and Tucson. They have been the backbone of CSTS, and if you’ve ever seen how much work can go into one event you’d know how remarkable it is to keep doing it for ten years. A callout is also due to foundation cities like Vancouver and San Francisco who both missed a year but made it back for their 9th year in 2015.

We’d like to thank to all our sponsors, it is because of their generosity we have such amazing items to auction, raffle and giveaway and cities have the opportunity to screen so many different geeky things. Please take a moment to check out all the shiny companies and individuals on our Sponsors page and support them for supporting us.

Thank you to Ray Hill for running our epic end of season eBay auction. He took on the mammoth task of photographing, listing, packaging and shipping all the items.

A very special thank you to Sheilah O’Connor who has worked tirelessly on CSTS from the beginning, if she had not stepped up to be Global Event Coordinator this year we might not have made it to year 10 and most certainly not celebrate it in the grand style we did!

Finally a huge thank you to everyone who bid, donated, organised, attended, boosted the signal and volunteered for Can’t Stop the Serenity this year, we couldn’t have done it (or the last ten years) without you. We have done the impossible and that makes us mighty.

Big Damn Heroes all!

We’d love to hear your favourite memories of Can’t Stop the Serenity 2015, comment below or tell us on Twitter, Facebook, tumblr or Google+.

Wishing all Browncoats and loved ones a very Happy Holidays!
Keep safe and may your 2016 be filled with shiny!

*screened by permission from Time Science Blood Club, LLC. ©Time Science Blood Club, LLC. All rights reserved.

Posted by starbryte on December 12, 2015 in 2015, CSTS Global, Equality Now, Events, Sponsors tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tiny URL for this post: http://tinyurl.com/jkp8ood