Can't Stop The Serenity - Serenity Firefly Charity Screening Worldwide Event
Sept. 27, 2015 - Atlanta, GA
This weekend was my first time attending this particular event here in Atlanta, GA. I went with a long time bestie of mine, Ross, who has attended a few of them. It was the 10th anniversary of this event, so what a perfect time for it to be my first time to attend! On the 10th anniversary! And even more so exciting, I got to attend this event as a vlogger and writer for MoviePilot!
Can't Stop The Serenity is a charity screening event that is held worldwide. It is held in different cities, at different times during the year. Their website will tell you if their is one near you and when it is held. This event started in 2006 by Firefly fans to raise money and awareness for a charity called Equality Now, an organization that Joss Whedon is a huge supporter of that fights for the human rights and protection of women around the world.
Here at our local Serenity screening event, put on by local fan group, Atlanta Browncoats, the ticket sale's profits go to Equality Now. Also, for every canned food item you brought, you were given extra prize tickets to use to take part in prize giveaways. All the canned food items are then donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank to help feed Atlanta's poor and homeless. So, this event benefits two worthy causes! Getting to see Serenity on the big screen while giving back to your community...how awesome is that?!?!?! I have always been involved in charity work and volunteering but due to failing health, its not something I can do often anymore. So, I still donate when I can but events like this are awesome! I love fun events that benefit a worthy cause!
According to the Can't Stop The Serenity website, the event has raised over $1,000,000 in the 10 years that the event has been taking place. The Atlanta Browncoats has raised over $20,000 for Equality Now and the Atlanta Community Food Bank in the 10 years they've been having the event here in Atlanta.
Once inside the cinema seating area, you were free to mingle and just wander about. You could take your prize tickets and go down front to choose what prizes you wanted to win. I tried to win a Zoe Funko Pop or Firefly pint glasses. I won neither. There was also a silent auction with awesome goodies to be had, with all profits also going to charity. I also wandered about the cinema for a bit. I enjoyed looking at the classic film posters on the walls, arranged into a collage. It is a very small cinema and I hadn't been there in many years and loved looking around.
There were shirts and other Firefly items being sold in the lobby. I missed out on a 10th anniversary shirt, no cash, darn it! But I was gifted a 10th anniversary patch from a fellow Atlanta Browncoat. Thanks, Heather!
There was also a silly Price Is Right sort of game going on that my friend Marjory took part in as well as a costume contest. Then the festivities came to a close with the lovely Miss Heather thanking our event planner William for putting all this together. And then...the curtain opens and the film begins to play. In Spanish. We all cheered, applauded and had a good laugh. The proper film was replaced and started and I finally saw Serenity on the cinema screen for the first time. Seeing it on telly or online just isn't the same! What an amazing night and all for a good cause! I am already excited for next year!
You can read more about Can't Stop The Serenity charity screening event here: http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com
Check out my YouTube vlog for the day and night's happenings surrounding this exciting and fun event as well as even more photos. Thanks to Warner Raymond Hyde for sharing some of his event photos with me so that I could use them in my vlog and MoviePilot article.
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