During the weekend of November 1st, members of the New England Garrison and Alderaan Base attended the 3rd Annual Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence. While the con had some issues with overcrowding, which lead to some ticket holders from being locked out for a period, the weekend was a big success for the NEG. We raised a grand total of $1414.74 for the Hasbro Children’s Hospital. There was also a Blood Drive at the con, which collected 49 pints of “the good stuff”. The Garrison booth was, as always, very popular with the convention attendies. One couple even…
 
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On Sunday, September 21st members of the 501st New England Garrison paid a special visit to a very special person. Peter Allen dreamed of joining the 501st but unfortunately was diagnosed with ALS before he could finish his TIE Pilot costume. So members of the garrison took it upon themselves to finish the costume for Peter and make sure that his dream came true. Welcome to the 501st Legion pilot!!!

On Saturday, June 14th members of the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base and the 501st New England Garrison participated in the world-wide event known as World Blood Donor Day! Blood banks and hospitals all over the globe hosted blood drives in their area to encourage locals to get out and donate this vital and much needed, life saving resource. Local author and Alderaan Base member Ryder Windham was the driving Force behind this effort and spent countless hours working with Legion members to help them connect with local blood banks. To learn more about how you can donate blood please…
 
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On Saturday, June 7th members of the 501st New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base participated in the 5th annual Star Wars game held at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI. Troopers made the rounds and visited fans before the game, then took to the field where Emperor Palpatine threw out the ceremonial first pitch! Afterwards the troopers occupied two different photo booths along the 1st and 3rd base sides and posed for more pictures. While greeting fans at these photo booths staff members from the Paw Sox were asking for donations to help support their charitable organization….
 
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On Saturday, December 28th we saw two universes collide while working together to help the Rhode Island Blood Center collect donations. Members of the local Star Wars costuming groups worked alongside fans of the Star Trek franchise and held a friendly competition to see who could get more people to donate blood for their team. In addition to the efforts taking place here at the RI Blood Center, an identical blood drive was being held in Colorado by members of the 501st Cloud City Garrison. All of this was made possible by local Star Wars author Ryder Windham, who is…
 
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