DK Publishing donates books on behalf of RL and 501st
DK Publishing announced today a $95,000 children’s book donation on behalf of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, two all-volunteer organizations of Star Wars™ costume enthusiasts who raise money for children’s charities all over the world. The donation, a record-breaking amount for DK, was made to The Today Show Charitable Foundation, Inc., who dispersed over 7,000 new, full-color reference books to The Pajama Program for distribution to children across the country.
“We love our ever-growing relationship with the 501st and Rebel Legion volunteers,” said Rachel Kempster, DK's Director of Marketing and Publicity. “They are devoted, caring groups of people, who are more than just our partners in business—we also consider them our friends.” Kempster was inducted as an official Friend of the Legion at last year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego by 501st Legion Officers Lesley Farquhar and Mark Chu-Lin of the Southern California and Central California Garrisons respectively.
2012 marks the fourth consecutive year DK and the Legions have partnered in spreading a love of reading and Star Wars™. “The 501st and Rebel Legions have attended hundreds of book events for us, from small gatherings at independent bookstores and public libraries to large conferences and tours such as Book Expo America and the forthcoming Attack of the Authors West Coast tour, kicking off in mid-April,” said DK Publicity Manager Mindy Fichter. “I’ve grown to love the Star Wars™ universe throughout my tenure at DK and am so pleased we are part of the Legions’ important mission.”
"This donation from DK is a prime example of how many lives we can touch with our unique brand of volunteerism," said Dean Plantamura, a 501st Legion Public Relations Officer. "The men and women of the Legion donate their time and often commute great distances to bring a Star Wars presence to an event and smiles to children's faces. In 2011 alone, we estimate that the efforts of the 501st Legion helped raise more than $11,000,000 world wide to benefit charities all around the globe."
For more information about DK’s Star Wars™ events program, please visit http://us.dk.com/static/cs/us/11/starwars/events.html.
Fort Campbell Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony
On April 17, 2012 members of Corellian Base and The 501st Legion's MidSouth Garrison came together to support a great event, the 2012 Fort Campbell Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony. The ceremony takes place at the Cole Park Commons, Fort Campbell Kentucky. The 2-hour ceremony recognizes several volunteers for their contribution to the Fort Campbell community, and the theme for this year was the “Force behind the Force”.
The nights activities included mingling with soldiers and guests, taking photos, and meeting the base Deputy Commander. Also, there was a 'Dress the Trooper' contest and much to the joy and surprise of many, the Rebel's finished dressing the Stormtrooper before the Imperials could!
We were honored to able to support these real life heroes.
Photos can be viewed in Fort Campbell’s flickr set: