On December 27th, 2014, members of the 501st New England Garrison, along with the Rebel Legion Alderaan Base and the Mando Mercs Firaxan Clan were invited to join our new Andorian friends Ell and Vynni – The Farthest Star and other Star Trek costumers for annual the Galaxy Blood Drive.  Organized by author Ryder Windham and the The Rhode Island Blood Center, the event was held at the Providence Public Library. Not only was this a “Wars vs Trek” event, it also had a touch of West vs East, as there was a competing blod drive being held on the same day the Cloud City Garrison…
 
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On Sunday, December 21st, members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base were invited to join the Boston Super Hero Group for an event called “Cupcakes for Heroes”, sponsored by Hero Helpers of America. The event was geared towards helping homeless and injured veterans. At the event, over 3000 cupcakes were decorated by attendees, and letter donated to a local veterans shelter. The event was held at Splitsville & Howl at the Moon bowling alley at Patriot Place in Foxboro, and as you can see, a few games were had in costume, which…
 
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On Saturday, December 2oth, members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison and The Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base where asked to pay a visit to a young Star Wars fan who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is in the hospital to begin his chemotherapy treatments. By all accounts, it was a quiet visit, but very successful.  As more than one trooper pointed out afterwards, this is why we do what we do!  Conventions may be fun, but days like this are at the heart of what we do and why we do it.  For the 501st is truly all…
 
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    On Thursday, November 2oth, members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison and Rhode Island Pirate Players participated in a fundraiser at Ma Raffa’s restaurant in Bedford, MA, to raise awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. It was a fun and quiet little troop. Not much more room except for the 4 troopers that were there. That night, with mention of the fundraiser to the hostess, 20% of bill would be donated to the Shriners’. The troop lasted an hour and a half, and everyone was very welcoming. We were met with a couple of the Shriner Clowns and…
 
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On Saturday, November 29th, Darth Vader, Plo Koon, and an Endor Commando marched in the City of Lights parade in Lowell, MA. This parade is the grand finale to a day of festivities that ends with the ceremonial lighting of the downtown area, officially kicking off the holiday season. The trio were also joined by Captain America and Black Widow of the Avengers as they walked the parade route. Their mission was to help support a local non-profit group called STEP, short for Special Teams for Exceptional People. STEP’s mission is to provide sports activities and social gatherings for kids…
 
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