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A Trivia Night Far, Far Away

This week we break atmo on the other side of the world in Perth, Australia with a Sci Fi Quiz Night Affiliate event on 21st May.

Gather your favourite sci fi fans and form a team or be assigned to a team and meet new Browncoats. Don’t forget to dress up as prizes are being awarded best costume and quiz winners! Thanks to local sponsors White Dwarf Books, Comiczone, Game City and PokéPerth there’ll also be lots of shiny up for grabs in raffles and an auction.

Tickets are just $18 and are available here. All proceeds go to Equality Now and Living Proud LGBTI Community Services of WA.

This event sold out last year so get your tickets before they’re gone!

And not to fret if you can’t make it, Perth has some cunning plans for more events this 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, CSTS returns to Edinburgh!

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So It Begins

The start of the 10th Can’t Stop the Serenity season is here, and what a way to kick it off!

The honour of the first event of 2015 goes to Salt Lake City, this Saturday 16th May which is already sold out! The event at Brewvies Cinema Pub (brilliant concept, why are there not more cinema pubs??) features a screening of Serenity, trivia, a costume contest and auction.

With plenty of shiny including patches, stickers & more from Firefly Cargo Bay, James Hance prints, a whole pile of Malcolm Reynolds' dog tags, comics, signed Frank Beddor books and Salt Lake Comic Con passes up for grabs, not to mention CSTS merch for sale, make sure you bring plenty of cashy money.

If you missed out getting a ticket this time, don’t forget to buy one early next year! And keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter for event updates.

Not in Utah? 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, Perth’s first event of the year!

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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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Small but Fun

There's still time to register events to be held from June to October!

We want as many Can’t Stop the Serenity shindigs across the world as possible to celebrate the 10th year of Can’t Stop the Serenity and the 10th anniversary of the big damn movie Serenity.

Every size event is very welcome.

Some of you may be up for running a Screening event but if you want to start a little smaller or turn an existing event into a Can’t Stop the Serenity fundraiser, why not organise an Affiliate event?

The fantastic thing about Affiliate events is they can be almost anything. Here’s a few ideas to inspire you:

  • With so many Firefly board games out there, a games day makes a great event.
  • A trivia or pub quiz event
  • A costumed picnic
  • A pajama party
  • Dinner at a Chinese restaurant
  • Get a group of friends together to see a movie, buy a book of discounted tickets or do a group booking so it’s less per ticket and either charge everyone slightly more to or pass the hat to raise money for Equality Now.
  • Have a ‘Shiny’ jar at your event, it works like a swear jar, at the start of the event nominate a popular Firefly word or phrase and every time someone says it they have to put a dollar in the jar
  • Pin the cunning hat on Jayne

These are only a few concepts, but as you can see an event can be as big or as small as you want. See how easy it could be?

The benefits of being an officially registered event include:

  • Access to our forums to talk with other organizers to share ideas, experience and support
  • A prize pack to help you raise money and promotion of your event through global social media
  • Meeting and hanging out with other amazing Browncoats
  • Your event's charitable donation will be added to the 2015 Global Donation Total.

You can find all the details about registering and running an event, including important deadlines, on our Host an Event page. And if you have any questions just contact us at events@cantstoptheserenity.com

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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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