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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.

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E-Bay auction starts 8th November

Take a look at some of the wonderful things we have in our upcoming auction which starts the 8th of November.

How about the St. Christopher Medal that Jayne wears in Serenity? It comes in its own case along with a certificate of authenticity and an autographed picture of Adam Baldwin as Jayne. 2015-CSTS-jayne03

Torchwood and Dr. Who make an appearance with signed content from John Barrowman, including a Tshirt, a CD and an signed photo. Another lot is a full size Tardis door cling. Imagine putting it on a closet door. You'd never have to worry about not having enough storage space again!*

tardis_door_cling We have over 40 lots of great items. Please! Tell the world! *We cannot guarantee that the door cling will make the space behind into a Tardis.

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Can’t Stop the Serenity 2015 Event Finale!

The final events of the 2015 Can’t Stop the Serenity season are upon us!

Halifax is hosting the final screening event of the year this Friday night 30th October at Hal-Con. And what an action packed evening it’s going to be! There will be trivia, a silent auction, a special Barrett's Privateers rendition of the Hero of Canton sing along and an Evil Laugh competition. And not only is Serenity on the big screen there’s also Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog*.

Entry to the event is by donation but as it’s at Hal-Con you’ll need a Friday pass to enter the venue. You can pre-order Can’t Stop the Serenity 10 year tshirts, patches and challenge coins for pick up at the event. Visit their website for ordering details and event schedule. All proceeds go to Equality Now and the Avalon Centre.

If you couldn’t get to an event this year then the Virtual Shindig is for you. Connect with Browncoats worldwide from the comfort of your couch and chat about CSTS, Equality Now, other charities events supported and all things Firefly and Serenity. There will be live broadcasts on 30th October for Australia, Europe and the Americas time zones, so no matter where you are in the ‘Verse you can join in!

There’s even a suggested menu of national delicacies to try if you want to snack along. For all the details on how and when everything is happening keep an eye on the Facebook page.

With all the events at an end, our eBay auction is coming 8th November! Being our 10th year we wanted to make this year’s auction something special, there are items signed by Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin and many more. We even have a prop from Serenity! Keep checking our website and social media regularly in the next few weeks for previews, links and updates.

And don't forget to check the 2015 Global Donation Tally, it's the time of year when donations are rolling in so it's being updated often. Last week we passed $50,000!

Registration for 2015 events is closed but it’s not too early to start planning for next year! You can find all the essential info here.

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

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Can’t Stop the Serenity Gets Crafty This Weekend!

With the event season winding down, this Sunday sees one of the most unique events of the year when the North Texas Browncoats host a CSTS painting class at Texas U Can Paint.

Join them and get creative at 1pm on 25th October for a 2 hour class to paint a Van Gough inspired version of Serenity in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. An artist will guide you through replicating the featured painting step by step. But of course you can put your own spin on it to truly make it your own work of art!

The cost of the class is $35 and you can book online at Texas U Can Paint’s website, where you can also make a donation if you want to contribute but can’t attend the event. All proceeds go to Equality Now. Check out the North Texas Browncoats’ website for updates.

This is also a wonderful example of how anything can be turned into a Can’t Stop the Serenity affiliate event, all you need are some Browncoats and a fun activity!

If this event isn’t local to you, have you checked our Find an Event page? The season might nearly be over but there are a couple of events to come. And don’t forget our big end of season eBay auction is coming in November and we have some very special items including ones signed by Joss so keep an eye out for more news soon!

Registration for 2015 events is now closed but it’s not too early to start planning for next year! You can find all the essential info here.

Up next week Halifax and the Virtual Shindig!

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A Mid Week Can’t Stop the Serenity Celebration Down Under!

We’re excited another founding city which hasn’t held an event for a few years is coming back to Can’t Stop the Serenity as part of our 10th year celebrations this week!

Adelaide return for their 5th CSTS event this Wednesday 14th October at the gorgeous heritage listed Capri Theatre. Doors open from 6pm so there’s time to purchase merchandise, raffle tickets and bid on a specially commissioned airbrush piece and a Supanova poster signed by a Serenity crew member in the silent auction before Serenity rises again on the big screen at 7pm. There’s so much shiny to win, so make sure to bring plenty of cashy monies.

Firefly and Whedonverse costumes are highly encouraged and may be rewarded with Blue Sun Travel Posters. And if you bring any of these 'food' items from Hutt Street Centre's Donated Goods Wish List along to the screening you can swap them for a free raffle ticket. Any 'other' items from the list will get you two free raffle tickets.

Tickets are available online at Dramatix for $20 plus small booking fee or in person at Mad Zombie Collectables. Keep up to date on all the event news and see some of the amazing items up for grabs by visiting the Adelaide Browncoats Facebook group. All proceeds go to Equality Now and the Hutt St Centre.

If this event isn't local to you, have you checked our Find an Event page? The season might nearly be over but there are a couple of events to come. And don’t forget our big end of season online auction is coming in November and we have some very special items so keep an eye out for more news soon!

Registration for 2015 events is now closed but it’s not too early to start planning for next year! You can find all the essential info here.

Up next week North Texas’ final event of the year!

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It’s A Transatlantic Can’t Stop the Serenity Weekend!

There are 3 shiny events this week of all shapes and sizes proving you can turn anything into a Can’t Stop the Serenity event.

It all starts on Wednesday 30th, the official release date of Serenity in North America, where a group of Browncoats in Crest Hill are getting together for a movie night shindig with friends and family. And what could be better than hanging out with loved ones watching your favourite characters and raising money for Equality Now.

On Thursday night, 3rd October, the Alamo Drafthouse in Fort Worth is doing a Serenity Quote Along, an interactive screening with cap guns, ships, tissues and Fruity Oaty Tea cocktails. The North Texas Browncoats will be there with a table selling Can’t Stop the Serenity merchandise and a donation jar for Equality Now so please give generously. Check out their website for more info, and news about their last event for the year in October.

Then London returns to celebrate their 5th year of events and CSTS’s 10th with a screening event on Saturday 3rd from 4-11pm at The Proud Archivist. Before Serenity hits the big screen there’ll be a raffle, trivia bingo and don’t forget to dress up for the costume contest. You can see some of the shiny up for grabs in the silent auction on their website along with the event schedule. They also have lots of Can’t Stop the Serenity merchandise for sale including patches, challenge coins and enamel pins.

Tickets are £18.00 and include either a meal deal or drinks voucher which makes it great value. They are available online here from Eventbrite, get yours before they sell out as so many events have this year! For event information and updates keep an eye on the website and Facebook event page.

If these events aren’t local to you, have you checked our Find an Event page? The season might nearly be over but there are still a few events to come. And don’t forget our big end of season online auction is coming soon!

Registration for 2015 events is now closed but it’s not too early to start planning for next year! You can find all the essential info here.

Up next week Jenkintown, Fort Douglas and Paris!

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