CSTS 2010 raised over $141,000 for charity ! Bring on 2011…

As we gear up to start the 2011 CSTS season, we've officially wrapped up CSTS 2010 and I have finished my term as Global Organiser. I’d like to thank all you Browncoats for helping to make it a great season at Can’t Stop the Serenity. I’m proud to announce that, with the auctions and screenings, we raised $141,251.25 for Equality Now and other charities! Our highest donation yet! This brings our grand total raised since 2006 to over $550,000! In 2010, Equality Now received an incredible $120,054.10. Other charities to benefit were UNM Childrens Hospital, Kids Need to Read, Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, SafePlace Austin, House of the Good Shepherd, Edmonton Women's Emergency Accommodation Centre, Samaritan House, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Oregon Food Bank, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Thanks to everyone for their contributions to these wonderful organisations! With the Screening and Affiliate events, we all had the chance to have a good time and raise money for a great cause. Once again, fans came out in droves to watch Serenity on the big screen. There were fantastic costumes (including a larger than life Jayne hat!) as well as cheering (and sobbing) crowds. And with Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, The Guild, Megabot, Done The Impossible and a Browncoats: Redemption teaser to enjoy, as well as auctions, raffles, contests and more, fans didn't want for exciting treats. Sadly, a few events didn't succeed as planned. Daytona Beach Browncoats were unable to pull together their event and had to cancel (see forum for more details). Lebanon, TN has reported that their event did not make a profit and were thus unable to make a donation (see forum for more details). But some events exceed all expectations, and we're delighted to announce that this year's Griswald Trophy goes to Austin, TX! The Griswald Trophy was introduced in 2006 to inspire organisers to do the impossible, and it has been presented each year to the city who raises the most money. And now that we've reached an amazing milestone, having raised over half a million dollars for Equality Now, the Griswald Trophy is being retired. It will be presented to Equality Now, where it will take pride of place in their offices in New York. 2010 was always exciting and challenging, and I deeply appreciate all the support from our leadership team, sponsors, volunteers, and participants. I’m very proud to have been able to contribute, and I thank you all for all your help. I would especially like to thank my fellow Global Team members for their efforts, and all of the fantastic volunteers who organised local events - you are incredible! And now, with 2010 all wrapped up, William Pace, the 2011 Global Event Coordinator is leading us into another awesome year at CSTS, with over 40 cities already signed up to host events! I hope that you will join us again! Keep flying, Christine Mooney 2010 Global Organiser

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Joss Whedon & Equality Now will be attending CSTS Los Angeles

We're very excited to share the news that Joss Whedon will be attending his first CSTS event this year! Taking a break from filming The Avengers, Joss will be part of CSTS Los Angeles together with Jessica Neuwirth, Equality Now Founder & Chair, and Amanda Sullivan, Director of Equality Now's Women's Action Network (and member of the CSTS Global Steering Committee). California Browncoats are hosting the event, which will take place on 25 June 2011 at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood. Ticketing and event information can be found on the California Browncoats website. We're delighted to have Joss, Jessica and Amanda involved in our sixth year of CSTS events, and we hope that everyone who attends has a wonderful time. This is an amazing opportunity to raise lots of money for Equality Now, and make this a landmark year!

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Done the Impossible joins the 2011 CSTS Lineup

The fan forces behind Done the Impossible, the brilliant documentary about Firefly & Serenity, have agreed to let us show their work as part of our film line-up this year. They are also joining as a sponsor in media, merchandise and global prize packs. The creative minds behind Done the Impossible have been long time supporters of Equality Now and continue to enlighten new and veteran fans about their love for all things Firefly and the great cause that is Can't Stop the Serenity. We welcome them to our 2011 CSTS season. Done the Impossible is the story of the rise, fall and rebirth of the cult TV show "Firefly," as told from the perspective of the fans who helped save it. To learn more about this great documentary, visit them HERE.

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Volunteer Needed for Global System Administrator role

CSTS Global urgently need to fill the position of Global System Administrator. The role has recently become vacant, and we are looking for volunteers who are willing to take on this behind the scenes role. The System Administrator sits under the Global Steering Committee and is an ongoing position. This role is separate to the Webmaster (who is part of the annual Global Team). For more information on the role, click here.

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Registration is Online for 2011!

Welcome to Can’t Stop the Serenity for 2011! This year marks our 6th Annual CSTS season and we are proud to welcome back our fellow Browncoats, veterans of the cause, mentors and new organizers alike. We’re grateful and excited that you’re interested in holding your own CSTS event to raise money for Equality Now. The information below will help you host an official CSTS Screening or Affiliate Event. Just take the time to read about each and decide which type of event you wish to run. The CSTS Screenings constitute the bulk of events for each season. Joss Whedon's "Serenity" is shown on the 'big screen' at these events 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, or trivia night. Once you’ve decided, you can begin planning at once. Take advantage of Event Resources to help you and your team with the planning process. There you will find valuable information on selecting a date, finding a venue, budgeting and financing, organizing film licensing (You DO NOT need to obtain licensing before submitting your registration form, though once you've been registered as a city, you will need to follow up with us and let us know when you do obtain it), advertising, sponsorship, ticketing, keeping records, and more. Next, you need to tell the Global Team about your plans so that you can become an official event. This year, there is a two step registration process – Pre-Registration and Registration. Pre-Registration gives the Global Team some basic information about your plans, such as which city your event is being planned in, the event type (screening or affiliate) and the contact information of the organizers. This form will be reviewed by the Global Team and if it’s all in order, we will provide you with access to the CSTS Organizers Forum where you’ll have access resources and information needed to captain a successful CSTS event, as well as room to share and discuss your plans with other organizers. Once you’ve set a date and booked your venue, you must complete the Registration Form. This form will be reviewed by the Global Team and if it’s all in order, we will confirm your status as an Official CSTS Event. Being an official CSTS Event City means that you become part of the wonderful CSTS community which comes with some amazing perks. We’ll help you raise money for Equality Now by providing access to official CSTS merchandise and items from our wonderful sponsors to use as auction/raffle/contest prizes. Your event will be listed on our website and linked to your own website, and be promoted by the Global Team. You’ll be given access to our forums to talk with other organizers who have come before and continue to triumph. Your event’s charitable donation will be added to the 2011 Global Donation Total. And you’ll get the support of other shiny people who are traveling this journey with you! In other words, you get a lot. Register your intention to hold an event Complete the Pre-Registration form online: CLICK HERE FOR PRE-REGISTRATION Once your Pre-Registration form has been approved by the Global Team, your CSTS Forum user profile will be promoted to Organizer status, which will give you access to the Organizers Only forum. If you have already set a date and organized your venue, you do not need to complete this form. You must complete the Registration form. Register your event The Registration Form should only be completed once the details for your event have been finalized (including venue, date, event times and ticket price). Complete the Registration form online: CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION! You will receive a confirmation email stating that it has been received and is being reviewed by the Global Team. Please allow 48 hours for the review of your Registration Form. Once your event has been approved, you will receive an email from the Global Team confirming your status as an Official Registered Event. Note: You are not officially registered until you receive a second email stating so. The first email is a confirmation of receipt only. Important Dates and Deadlines Event Window: This year, to keep the vision of Can’t Stop the Serenity as focused as it was when we first began, we will only be accepting event dates between 1 June 2011 and 30 September 2011. Registration Forms received for events outside these dates will not be accepted. Pre-Registration Deadlines: You may register your interest at anytime until 1 June 2011. No Pre-Registration forms will be accepted after this date. Event Registration Deadlines: The primary Event Registration deadline is 31 March 2011. Registering by 31 March 2011 allows the Global Team to more accurately calculate Global Prize Sponsorship and Merchandise quantities. We understand that events being held towards the end of the event window may not have everything in place by this time or you may have only recently discovered “Can’t Stop the Serenity” and decided to host an event. So, depending on when your event will be held, there are different deadlines for when your Registration form is due. For events to be held in June-July – no later than 31 March 2011 For events to be held in August – no later than 30 June 2011 For events to be held in September – no later than 31 July 2011 No Event Registration forms will be accepted after 31 July 2011. Please note: Registering after 31 March 2011 may mean that you miss out on a few very cool things. You won’t be listed on the official merchandise (eg. T-shirts, posters etc), and you may not have access to the same number of Global Sponsorship Prizes and merchandise options (as quantities will be based on the number of Registration Forms received by 31 March). However, your event will still be listed on our website as an official event. Global Donation Deadline: Donations to Equality Now and any local charities must be made no later than 6 weeks of your event. The Global Team will confirm that your donation has been received, and it will then be added to the Global Donation Total for 2011.

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Browncoats: Redemption joins the 2011 CSTS Lineup

The creative team at Big Damn Fan Films, Inc., the non-profit production company behind Browncoats: Redemption, has joined us again this year to raise money for some great charitable causes.  The crew at Browncoats: Redemption have given us permission to show their film at all of our 2011 events! This year, organizers for screenings and affiliate events will receive a copy of Browncoats: Redemption with their sponsor packs. To learn more about this ambitious, charitable film, visit them HERE.  We strongly encourage you to buy the DVD or Blu-Ray while you’re there!

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