On Saturday, March 31st members of the 501st New England Garrison trooped The Big Birthday event for Birthday Wishes, a non-profit that provides birthday parties for homeless children. Birthday Wishes recognizes the importance of a birthday in a child’s life and believes that the gift of a birthday celebration provides normalcy, joy and hope in these children’s otherwise unsettled lives. This was their annual event to bring community awareness to the organization. 501st Members brought smiles to the faces of kids and participated in activities to ensure this day was special for both the volunteers and the children.

On Sunday, September 11th, the New England Garrison of the 501st Legion, and Alderaan Base of the Rebel Legion were invited to join the American Red Cross for a blood drive. This was no ordinary blood drive; this blood drive took place at historic Fenway Park in Boston, MA; the home of the Boston Red Sox. Darth Vader, with one of his most trusted Stormtroopers was joined by a pair of X-wing pilots to roam around the park. Inside the stadium, there were 4 different donation stations set up. The troops from both legions wandered around the park, visiting all…
 
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On Saturday, August 6th, the New England Garrison teamed up with the Lowell Spinners, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox for Star Wars Day at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, MA.  The Spinners all wore specially created jerseys that resembled Stormtrooper armor.  After the game, the jerseys were auctioned off to benefit the Joann Weber Charitable Fund. The weather was overcast and extremely muggy making it feel a bit like Dagobah but the Spinners staff did an amazing job making sure the troops were well cared for, rested and hydrated.  The sell out crowd loved seing Lord Vader and his troops once again as the Sith…
 
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On July 16th 2011, the New England Garrison (NEG) were guests of T.C. Restani, an internet-TV host who gives improvisational interviews as a “Late night talk show” parody . The NEG was inducted to T.C. Restani’s Hall of Fame, and were recognized for their contributions to charity and love of Star Wars. The NEG is quite honored to join in the good humour of the evening, and share a little about the 501st. Since the show is extemporaneous, we never know what will happen when we come on set. Like the prior appearances, we had a fun, memorable evening with…
 
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On April 9th, 2011, two members of the New England Garrison and Alderaan Base, Gordon Gravelese (RC 5306) and Heather Arnold (TB 4191) had their wedding. Of course, the NEG and AB had to make its impact. Members of the garrison and base who were regularly attending the wedding were asked to bring their kit with them to help make the reception something special for the bride and groom. The newly married couple wanted to share their love of Star Wars and costuming, so 15 costumed members were asked to escort the bridal party into the reception. Jedi’s kept the…
 
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