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12-11 and 12-12 - Martino Jr. High Toys For Tots

Postby Schph Gochi » Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:37 am

This weekend I coordinated a "double header" (triple header for me as Thursday night I was at the venue setting up the Hoth Vidscreen, Artoo and Hoth Trench Trooper costume) at New Lenox's Martino Jr. High's Toys for Tots/Star Wars Museum event.

Friday night I was thrilled to have Jessica Hudak and Matt McDonald join NSB member Tim Jarmusz and me.

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On Saturday....

we had a new MWG member Chris Ward (TK81477) doing his very first troop in his TK and I got a surprise by MWG member Rudy Grasha in his TFA First Order Stormtrooper.

I was thrilled to get Tim Jarmusz back in his Jedi General. Also MWG/NSB member Robert Redden debuted his Kylo Ren (and brought his BB8). Also, always a pleasure to have Laura Smith in her Princess Leia....

I decided to wear what I had gotten done so far on my TFA X-Wing...it gave me an excellent opportunity to road test the costume...and see where changes need to be made on what I have so far...


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Some members had suited down already..but remaining members in costume with the Martino Student Council...those kids worked their butts off...

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our "TFA" shot...

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Will edit in $$ figures and toy counts when I get that information...

Thank you all again so VERY much for attending....
you are all so very generous with your time...
there is far more involved with these events than the time we are at them...
there is prep...suit up...travel...and suit down...often these things involve more time than the actual event...

thank you so much for the gift of your most precious possession..your time!

PARTICIPANTS:
Jessica Hudak: TB8238
Matt McDonald: TK8148
Chris Ward: TK81477
Rudy Grasha: TK3620
Robert Redden: CC5206 (in Kylo Ren)
Phyllis: TK1951

NSB members Tim Jarmusz - Jedi
Laura Smith - Princess Leia

Robert Redden's BB8
and
Artoo Gochi

More photos can be found here (and also uploaded to the MWG photobucket account)

http://s201.photobucket.com/user/schphg ... t=2&page=1
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Re: 12-11 and 12-12 - Martino Jr. High Toys For Tots

Postby mattbobmcd » Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:10 pm

This is a fun troop to do, and it is always nice to see you.

Thank you for coordinating!
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Re: 12-11 and 12-12 - Martino Jr. High Toys For Tots

Postby CWard » Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:37 pm

Great meeting you all. I had a lot of fun. A great first troop!!! Cheers
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Re: 12-11 and 12-12 - Martino Jr. High Toys For Tots

Postby Runnin'6712 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:01 am

ToD's updated. Great job and congrats to Chris on his first troop!! :thumbs:
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Re: 12-11 and 12-12 - Martino Jr. High Toys For Tots

Postby Schph Gochi » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:04 am

According to the organizers:

Hi Phyllis, we ended up raising $3,100 for Toys for Tots
plus all the toys we collected


I have been out of the loop a bit since I left the position of Charity Rep...ordinarily this $$ donation would have been an "indirect" donation...
however..
as I understand it...
the indirect is no longer tracked...
which
personally, I think it is a shame as our attendance DOES have an impact at events such as this.
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Re: 12-11 and 12-12 - Martino Jr. High Toys For Tots

Postby BurningDragon » Sun Jan 03, 2016 4:04 pm

Don't worry Phyllis I'm sending it to the legion and adding it to the numbers on our boards too. I think the way the Legion Charity Rep wanted to change things was confusing and no clear direction was ever give so I am still operating under your tutelage.
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Re: 12-11 and 12-12 - Martino Jr. High Toys For Tots

Postby Schph Gochi » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:30 am

BurningDragon wrote:Don't worry Phyllis I'm sending it to the legion and adding it to the numbers on our boards too. I think the way the Legion Charity Rep wanted to change things was confusing and no clear direction was ever give so I am still operating under your tutelage.


Thanks for your kind words...
I did try to always make sense of the directives...and only keep track of $$ raised at events that we were invited to. Some people do actually show up to charity events that we have been doing for years because they know that we will be there and they enjoy seeing the costumes. Also, some of the events we are invited to the costumes are used as a "draw" to get people in...so...the reality is we DO actually contribute just by being there..

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