IL-Bridgeview-Toy Con Charity Toy Show Dec 10, 2006

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IL-Bridgeview-Toy Con Charity Toy Show Dec 10, 2006

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Joseph L Macudzinski TS4071 & Daniel Powers TS280 were sent out to patrol the area in their specialized gear suitable for this climate.

Members of the 501st Legion, Midwest & Bloodfin Garrisons, the Rebel Legion Midwest Base and the Jedi Assembly Midwest Order joined forces for Bridgeview, IL's Toy Con Charity Toy Show benefiting the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation supporting children diagnosed with Cancer on Sunday December 10th, 2006.
Members of our costuming groups posed for pictures with guests, played games with children, shopped for toys & collectibles and donated toys and gifts of their own to help Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. Terrence Mannix of ToyCon http://www.toycontoyshow.com/ invited our Members out for a third year in a row to help support the annual charity toy show http://www.toycontoyshow.com/Our_Products.html for the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. All donated Toys go to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation http://treasurechest.org/ , supporting children diagnosed with Cancer. The foundation supports more than 4,500 children each month who are diagnosed with cancer and treated at one of the twenty-eight hospitals nationwide. The foundation depends on contributions of money, toys, and gifts through private and corporate donations.
Several of our Member's children were also very eager to enjoy costuming at this event. The next generation of Star Wars costumers has definitely been inspired by their parent's passions for Star Wars.

Event: Toy Con Charity Toy Show benefiting the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation supporting children diagnosed with Cancer

Date: Sunday, December 10, 2006

Place:
Bridgeview Community Center
7900 S. Oketo Ave.
Bridgeview, IL 60455-1517

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Participants:

Rich Markle - SL1781 Darth Vader
Arturo Delgado BH412 - Jango Fett
Rudy Grasha BH3620 Boba Fett
Diedra Culp - Ceremonial Leia (Rebel Legion)
August Webster - ANH Ceremonial Luke (Rebel Legion)
Eric Schneider - Han solo (Rebel Legion)
Joseph L Macudzinski TS4071- Snowtrooper
Joseph Flores - TS1296 Snowtrooper
Daniel Powers TS280 Snowtrooper
Jim Tampa - IC1020 - Imperial Crew
Tom Schaefer - TK118 TIE Pilot / Imperial Crew
Jessi Tampa - TI3228 - TIE Pilot
Jason Patterson - SL1719 - TIE pilot
Scott Hicks - TK(pending) - stormtrooper
Kathy van Beuningen - TK9989 - stormtrooper
Chris Spice - TD7306 - sandtrooper
Chris Schwarz TB9442 - bikerscout
Phyllis Schulte ID1951 - Jedi (Rebel Legion/Jedi Assembly)
Cheryl Whitaker - Jedi (Rebel Legion/Jedi Assembly)
Pat Phinney – Jedi (Rebel Legion/Jedi Assembly)

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Costumed Children:

Connor Markle - RotJ Luke
Ashley Markle - TIE pilot
Alyssa Patterson - Shaak Ti Jedi
Sammy Webster - Jedi
Matthew Powers - stormtrooper
Quincy Newkirk - ANH Princess Leia
Brandon Grasha - Jawa


Article by Chris Spice TD7306 on Sandtroopers.com:
http://www.sandtroopers.com/events/brid ... w_dec2006/

Bridgeview Community Center, Bridgeview, IL
December 10, 2006
Story and Photos by Chris Spice (Darth Spice)


UNLEASH THE TROOPS, SCORE SOME TOYS!
Last month Dustrho with some assistance from Darth Berger stormed the Bridgeview ToyCon Charity Toy show. I was pretty impressed with the outcome and decided to dust off Sandtrooper Jason and pull him out of semi-retirement to pull a little active duty. The photos from last month prompted me to investigate and maybe even score a couple things for an early Christmas present or two of my own. We headed out early as I was suiting up to do benefit photos with the Midwest Garrison for the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. It’s enough of a privilege to be allowed to wear the uniform but to help out a cause that is so worthy how could you say no to a such a noble request? Upon arrival I couldn’t believe the mound of knee-high toys that was accumulating in our dressing area. Even though the show is a mere $3.00, if you bring in any packaged toy you can avoid that small fee!

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Once again I was surprised to see the vast amount of Star Wars toys that were for sale on the floor. You could find anything ranging from the vintage line to the very newest figures from the Saga collection. After suiting up we took time to pose for photos with many people who had lined up and were patiently waiting while we took what seemed like forever to capture a group photo. I was downright shocked with the amount of people who just kept filing through that place. There was a steady buzz throughout the show the entire time we were there. The Midwest Garrison didn’t disappoint anyone either. There was quite a very large group to come out. We also had a few members, albeit very outnumbered from the Rebel Legion. It’s so much more fun when the crowd is in to it as much as we are.

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That is one of the things you can truly admire about the members of these groups. As high as fuel prices are, and even the hour or two rides to and from, there always seems to be a pretty decent turnout. The dedication and selflessness never will cease to amaze me. Some even had some pretty impressive costumes for their younglings. I’m looking forward to showing the younger generation how to “play dirty.” Towards the end of our visit we managed to get the entire group outside because we couldn’t fit everyone in the shot indoors. This show was a very enjoyable and any Trooper who could get to any of the future events, I would strongly suggest. As in most of our missions, you’ll never know unless you go. For all the trouble you can have going store to store in your searches, you can sometimes find things you’re looking for under one roof. Until next time Troopers, United We Find!

PHOTO GALLERY
To see the photo gallery containing 70 photos click here.
More pictures on Sandtroopers.com:
http://www.sandtroopers.com/events/brid ... 2006/pics/

Rich Markle's pictures:
http://s34.photobucket.com/albums/d137/ ... ew%202006/

Cheryl Whitaker's pictures:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/whinter_f ... /my_photos

Rudy Grasha's pictures:
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/hpdtactical ... 2365841360

Phyllis Schulte's pictures:
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/schphgochi/ ... 2365908483

Jim Tampa's pictures:
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v60/J ... 012-10-06/

Eric Schneider's pictures:
http://catherinetangerine.myphotoalbum. ... me=album10

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Chris Schwarz TB9442 has a little problem with trees. :roll:
dad vader wrote:I had a great time as always,thanks to everyone who helped make this a success,Terry thanked me several time for those who could make it out.
He loves having us,though I'm not the one who set it up.
He also told me they filled up a full size van with toys and had to pack them in tightly,to get them all in. Those toys, I was informed, will be going to 30 different area childrens hospitals. It is this type of news that makes me happy to do these events!!!!
Terry never told me what the picture donation was, but I'm pretty sure we beat last years total!!!
Whinter Fenlynn wrote:
I believe the picture total was $205.00!!!! Last year it was $90.00, so we did REALLY well this year!! :thumbsup:

Thanks to everyone for coming out!! We had quite an impressive group!! 8)
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Schph Gochi wrote: Wow! We were quite a presence at the ToyCon! I know that the people from Rockford with the little X-Wing pilot came specifically to see us....they came last year too!

Each year we make a little more money...
and yes...the van was full....
....Augie, Carrie and I helped to load it.....it was full!

Hope to see you all again next year....

I especially loved to see the kids there in costume....how great were their costumes!
Event planning thread: IL-Bridgeview - ToyCon Charity Toy Show - Dec 10, 2006
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(Midwest Garrison forum members only)

Q: "Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?"
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........and now finally, an answer to the eternal question:

A: "I'm Luke Skywalker & I'm here to rescue you!"
Matthew Powers (3) and Quincy Newkirk
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Featured on the opening page of the latest December 19 on-line issue of Bantha Tracks is our own TB9442 Chris Schwarz running into a Christmas Tree .....

http://www.starwars.com/hyperspace/memb ... index.html

....and featured on Page 2

http://www.starwars.com/hyperspace/memb ... dexp2.html

Picture of 2 of our Snowtroopers (Joseph L Macudzinski TS4071 & Daniel Powers TS280 ) and full-sized picture of TB9442 plowing into the Christmas tree.

Members of the 501st Legion, Midwest & Bloodfin Garrisons, the Rebel Legion Midwest Base and the Jedi Assembly Midwest Order teamed up for the Bridgeview, Illinois Toy Con Charity event, benefiting the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, on Sunday December 10. "Members of our costuming groups posed for pictures with guests, played games with children, shopped for toys and collectibles and donated toys and gifts of their own," writes Kathy Van Beuningen, Commanding Officer of the Midwest Garrison. "The foundation supports more than 4,500 children each month who are diagnosed with cancer and treated at one of the twenty-eight hospitals nationwide." Photos by Phyllis Shulte.
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The Midwest Garrison, proudly serving the 501st Legion since 1999.

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