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Coast to Coast Across North America!

Three Can’t Stop the Serenity founding cities are holding events this weekend!

First up on Friday the Browncoats of NYC have joined with Equality Now for a CSTS 10th Anniversary celebration screening and dinner at Jing Fong’s! It will be a night not to be missed with a costume contest, dancing, live auction and of course the big damn movie.

Sean Faust, making his second CSTS appearance in a week, will be performing live and leading a Hero of Canton sing along. Entry includes dinner, a door prize ticket, a special thank you and 1 adult drink coupon and is just $35. Get your tickets online here now as they may not be available at the door!

CSTS then breaks atmo in Vancouver at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre this Saturday with a huge afternoon event that includes Serenity, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" (screened by permission from Time Science Blood Club, LLC. ©Time Science Blood Club, LLC. All rights reserved.), an Evil Laugh and costume contests. In keeping with CSTS Vancouver’s tradition of showcasing local artists they will be screening Quintipus by local filmmaker Victoria Angell, as well as featuring items from several local artists including Seth Rutledge and Francois Cannels.

But that’s not all! There’ll be games of Name that Tune, Whedon Trivia Bingo plus silent and live auctions. You can see some of the goodies here. Tickets are just $15 at the door or $16 via the Ticket button on the website.

Also on Saturday Denver celebrates their tenth year with a sold out CSTS screening event at the Alamo Drafthouse! The Alamo is a new and bigger venue for CSTS Denver so we’re thrilled to hear it’s sold out. There is a waitlist for tickets, no guarantees but you never know, contact events@denvercsts.com . And just look at the shiny they’ve got for raffles and prizes. If you missed out on tickets don't forget to grab them early next year!

If these events aren’t local to you, have you checked our Find an Event page? And it’s not too late to register an event, you can find all the essential info here.

Up next week Norfolk!

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My Journey to a Million Dollars with the Browncoats by Mandy Sullivan

Thirteen years ago, I had never heard of Firefly. I had been working at Equality Now for quite some time and, as usual, we were struggling for funding. I got a call one day, from Renee Balmert from something called "the California Browncoats." She wanted our address in order to mail out a check to us representing proceeds from "ComicCon." The check was for over $3000, a staggering amount of money from one donor, at least it was in our experience. Apparently Joss Whedon had told them we were his favorite charity and they decided to give all the money to us. We were thrilled and grateful and Renee and I started up a conversation as she explained to me what Firefly was and what the Browncoats were.

I immediately purchased a copy of the series and spent the evening in a marathon viewing. Well, let's face it, it's hard not to, right?
Those events marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship. I won't go into the particulars of Joss' relationship to Equality Now as that is common knowledge now for most of you I think. The internet was starting to really come into force and, as I further learned, Joss had a huge and growing network of fans (from his other series Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as Firefly) that was quickly becoming a worldwide virtual community. When Firefly was summarily dumped by FOX shortly after its short run in September 2002, this community decided to pool their resources and see how much weight they could put behind their disappointment, actually their outrage, and their loyalty to Joss. I mean, there were episodes that HAD NOT BEEN AIRED YET!!

In any case, you all know the rest. A film was made, Serenity, that closed out the stories of the characters in the beloved series. Throughout this time, I was mostly a bystander and cheerleader, but quickly becoming a true fan, a fan of the fans actually! And, a brilliant idea was forming, in the mind of a Portland, OR fan named b!X who asked the question: "Hey why don't we hold a screening of Serenity on Joss' birthday and raise money for Equality Now." That was June of 2006. 42 cities around the world held screenings that year. As the years went by, Equality Now began receiving checks from all over the country as well as UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland, as groups of Browncoats organized their own screenings. And it all happened at the same time of year! We sent the different organizers our brochures, key chains, bracelets, more brochures, hats and tee shirts for raffles and give-aways, supporting them in any way we could.

For me, it was one of the biggest challenges and most wonderful experiences I had while working at Equality Now. The organizers were fantastic people to work with, all of them, throughout the years. From time to time, new organizers would come in to replace those taking a break and they too were enthusiastic in their support of Equality Now's work, and a genuine pleasure to work with and in some cases, get to know. Their patience with me was absolutely limitless.

And every year, the grand total increased. It was absolutely amazing. Seeing as I was the fortunate one who became liaison between Can't Stop the Serenity and Equality Now, visitors, other staff would ask me "who are the Browncoats and why are they doing this?" Well, it's a long story....

The Browncoats brought me to ComicCon in San Francisco to speak on a panel there, they brought me to the Universal Studios premiere of Serenity, they hosted me in Portland and New York City, and always assured me of my welcome in whatever city's screening I might attend. I was so happy when we were able to organize an appearance by Joss at the SoCal CSTS a few years ago It was to thank all of you in the most meaningful way we could think of. To have you hear it from him.

I left Equality Now in October, after 18 years. More than half of those years were spent interacting with you wonderful people. The fact that together you have raised a total of one million dollars for Equality Now and other charities fills me with so much pride and gratitude. You have worked so hard, on your own time, year after year. Awesome. That's what you are. Totally Awesome. Thank you for all you have done for Equality Now, for me, and for just being the people that you are. You've sent some mighty, mighty good vibes out there into the universe, and it will never be the same.

Stay Shiny but most importantly keep flyin'.

Amanda Sullivan

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Can’t Stop The Serenity Raises One Million Dollars For Charity

CSTS is immensely proud to announce that as of the end of the 2014 year, our 9th, we have raised One Million dollars U.S for Equality Now and the other charities our event cities have supported.

One Million Dollars.

It has come in as Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and American dollars. In Pounds and in Euros. Small amounts and large, from big cities and small groups of friends.

We probably can't measure exactly how much good this money has done, but we can feel it. And we know what we are.
Those of us who have run events, those who have donated time, money or swag, and of course those of us who open up our hearts and our wallets when we show up at a screening or affiliate event.

Big Damn Heroes, all of us.

One Million Dollars!!!!

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Great items available in Round Two of our E-Bay Auction

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The 2nd round of our E-Bay auction is up and running. Once again the New Melbourne Browncoats and Jen Cummings have been very generous with their donations. There are many collectibles here including some you have probably seen nowhere else.

  • "Buffy" photo print signed by artist Georges Jeanty
  • Rare Firefly Official Promo Digital Watch
  • Screen Writing Expo Seminar DVD: Tim Minear, Breaking the Story
  • Star Trek Memorabilia Collection
  • Replica Alliance bank note signed by 5 Serenity/Firefly cast/crew
  • Firefly/Serenity Memorabilia Collection including a Serenity "Jayne" promotional postcard. These were produced in the UK for the theatrical release of Serenity in 2005 and are very hard to find.
  • Firefly "First in Line" fan Tshirt T-shirt
  • Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2 Australian Theatrical Poster
  • LOTR Legolas Art Print signed by Orlando Bloom
  • Marvel's Avengers Theatrical Movie Poster
  • Dollhouse Promotional Poster (Eliza Dusku)
  • The Guild "Codex" Photo Print Signed by Artist Georges Jeanty
  • Please bid generously - all profits go to support the work of Equality Now

    Click here to go to the eBay auction

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Last But Hardly Least

This coming week sees the final events of the CSTS season but what a finish it is!

The Browncoats of Tampa, FL are having their first ever Can't Stop The Serenity screening on Sunday Oct. 12. Entry is by donation so give generously but be sure to save some money for the raffle which has an astonishing number of truly shiny items. Everything from the Firefly Car air fresheners to the new Firefly Clue Game with Tshirts and actions figures in between. There will be tough trivia, Board Games, an RPG game scenario demo and of course, a screening of Serenity.

Salt Lake City is back with their Serenity Screening. Accompanying the BDM will be several fan films, including 'Operation Night Watch',& 'The Verse' by Julian Higgins. Brian Wiser of Done the Impossible will reveal some Easter Eggs from the 'Done the Impossible' documentary. There will also be a costume contest, raffle auction and a Q & A about all things Firefly.

And finally, on October 15, for the first time ever, Can't Stop The Serenity is having a Virtual Shindig. Hosted by the Utah Browncoats it will run in three parts so people around the world can participate. Although only our 2014 event cities are mentioned, all are welcome.

First, we will start the Australian session beginning at 4 AM MDT to accommodate both coasts. For participants in Australia, it will be 9 PM in Melbourne & Nowra, and 6 PM in Perth.

Act two will be our European broadcast, beginning at Noon, Mountain Standard Time, providing a 7 PM Broadcast for Aberdeen, Blackwood, Leicester, Beeston and London.

The Third and final act will be at 7 PM MDT, which allows for a late broadcast to Halifax at 10 PM. We will reach the Eastern seaboard at 9 PM, including Atlanta, Montreal, Duluth, New York, Norfolk, Pembroke Pines, Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston, Miami Springs, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Washington D.C.. If you're in Platteville, Dallas, Minneapolis, Saint Louis, Nashville, or Lawrence, tune in at 8 PM. Denver, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, and Sandy will be in line with us at 7 PM. All other event cities will tune at at 6 PM, including Sacramento, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Orange County, Tucson and Arcata.

Each of the three acts will run for approximately three hours, and will feature material specific to each major region. There will also be a silent auction with all money going to Equality Now. We hope that wherever you are in the world, and whatever your work schedule day or night, that you will join us for any and all of these three sessions live via Ustream!

And after that? One word.
Auction

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CSTS 10th Year!

Did you know that 2015 will be the 10th year of Can't Stop the Serenity? We've got some ideas on how to celebrate, but we'd love to hear your thoughts! What would you like to see included in next year's celebrations?

We want to raise the profile of both CSTS and Equality Now. We want to raise even more money for all the wonderful charities we've been supporting.
So how do we do it? You tell us. Go big! Go wild! While we probably can't have a sequel to Serenity, there's no harm in hoping.

Not near a CSTS event? What can we do for you to help you celebrate? (Besides encouraging you to run an event yourself!)

Send your ideas and questions to info@cantstoptheserenity.com, post on our Facebook page or send your thoughts via Twitter using the hashtag #CSTS10.

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