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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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Registration for 2015 is open!

Join Browncoats around the world celebrating 10 years of Can't Stop The Serenity. Whether you have a big screening or gather a small group of friends together to raise money, every event is very welcome.

Not sure what goes on or how to get started? We have lots of excellent information here.

Many CSTS events are known as "Screening Events" where Joss Whedon's "Serenity" is shown on the big screen in conjunction with auctions, raffles, contests, merchandise sales and other multimedia (pending licensing arrangements).

If you're unable to organize a Screening Event (due to funds, location or proximity to other Browncoats), an Affiliate event may be the answer. This can be any kind of event, such as a BBQ, dance party, trivia night, or video night, etc. The choice is yours! And you can do both if you want.

Once you've decided, take advantage of Event Resources to help you and your team with the planning process.

Next, you need to tell the Global Team about your plans so that you can become an official event. There are two ways to do it. Do you already have everything in place? Time, location, fellow volunteers? Then go straight to the Event Registration.

Maybe all the details have still to be worked out. Then what you want is the "Expression of Interest" Form. Filling this in gives you access to our Event Organizer forum and all the help there.

Being an official CSTS Event means that you become part of the wonderful CSTS community. We'll help you raise money for Equality Now by assisting you with promotion, & giving you access to our forums to talk with other organizers who have come before and continue to triumph. By indicating you are affiliated with CSTS you are telling your potential sponsors, donors and audience that you are legit! Your event's charitable donation will be added to the 2014 Global Donation Total.

But most importantly, you'll be helping raise awareness and money for Equality Now so that they can continue their work to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world. And with up to 25% available for you to donate to other Charities, CSTS does good around the world.

If you still have questions, drop an email to events@cantstoptheserenity.com. Join our forums and talk with other browncoats.

This is a year of celebration! Let's also make it the year that we raise the most money for Equality Now & other charities.

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Unsung Heroes

It takes a lot of people to have a successful Can't Stop The Serenity year. Organizers and their crew do so much work that we can never say "thank you" adequately. If they didn't step forward, there would be no CSTS events and no CSTS at all. But they are not alone and this past year especially, people stepped forward to help others in ways that maybe haven't been recognized as well as they should.
Until now.
These are only some of the Unsung Heroes we would like to recognize as the year draws to a close.

Ty came back this year to do the first run of Tshirts. Melanie and BirdandBear both took up the slack and did the rest of the orders, Mel in Canada and birdandbear for the 2nd run everywhere else. It is a lot of work and it can go wrong so easily. But it didn't. Every year we have had Tshirts. Thanks to these three, 2014 was no exception.

William Pace, the Utah Browncoats; and Mary McKay-Eaton & Mike Jenkins of Fireflyprops.net made sure that every city had some swag arriving which was especially welcome in a year when CSTS Global couldn't send anything out.

The Edmonton Browncoats run their own charity event now but sent auction items to a few cities who were very glad to get them. Firefly Cargo Bay is no stranger to donating to CSTS events. But it seems that they went above and beyond this year. Everywhere we turned, another city was thanking one of these 2 generous Canadian organizations.

Groups in the U.K. helped each other out a lot. Often being new event cities themselves, they passed on everything from banners to leftover swag to other UK cities.
In Australia the same thing thing happened, with the new Melbourne Browncoats supporting the smaller groups by covering the cost of having a table at cons in other cities.

None of these people or groups made any money from this. Indeed, many of them were out of pocket because of their generous donation of time and items. This generosity is what being a Browncoat is all about.

Thanks to all of you.

Do you know any other unsung heroes everyone should know about? Comment below!

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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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Moving into October

The last month of the 2014 Can't Stop The Serenity season sees some exciting events happening. This weekend there are 3 very different types of Serenity Screenings.

First up is London, England. All the online tickets are sold out but at time of writing there are still a few left for sale at the door. The day starts at 4:00 and there will be showings of Dr. Horrible, Serenity & some Firefly inspired music videos. A silent auction has some great prizes as does a raffle. A costume competition will claim the middle of the event, so get those outfits finished! The Mad Hatter is a wonderful pub so you'll probably want to get something to eat & drink while you are at it.

The South Florida Browncoats are holding their screening in Pembrook Pines this year at the South Regional Library. There will be a raffle, trivia, door prizes, & Dr. Horrible . How will you do at Firefly Wheel of Fortune? The intermission will have snacks before you settle in again to watch Serenity. The price for all this goodness? Free but this is a Fundraiser of course, so be generous with your donation.

Over on the US West Coast, a Steampunk convention will also have a Serenity Screening. While the film is included with one level of tickets, a minimum $5.00 donation will be accepted at the door. Following the movie, there will be a shindig. Again, while the shindig is open to certain level of ticket holders, you can buy a ticket to it separately should you wish to attend. And who wouldn't? We are looking forward to seeing the Space Western inspired steampunk costumes!

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